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Andrés Neuman on Julio Cortázar

Andrés Neuman published an excellent article on Julio Cortázar in El Pais this week, one that is worth reading and shows his breath as a writer. Los cuentos fantásticos de Cortázar han sido aislados en un canon restrictivo que tiende a traicionar la genuina variedad de su poética. Las piezas perfectas (uno de los epítetos […]

Dead Stars by Álvaro Bisama – A Review

Dead Stars Álvaro Bisama Megan McDowell, trans Álvaro Bisama’s Dead Stars is a fascinating take on a troubled woman’s failing attempt to survive political violence in Chile. The novel follows Javiera a woman who was beaten and raped by the Chilean secret police during the Pinochet era. She was a committed communist and lost everything, […]

Verdun: The Longest Battle of the Great War by Paul Jankowski – A Review

Verdun: The Longest Battle of the Great War Paul Jankowski 2014, pg 336 The more I read military history the more I’m convinced that most books divide into two types: the narrative of action; and the analysis of events. The former reads like a novel, full of action and sweeps the reader along—an exciting read, […]

Europe in Sepia by Dubravka Ugresic – A Review

Europe in Sepia Dubravka Ugresic David Williams, Trans. Open Letter, 2014, pg 230 I like the ideas suggested by the title Europe in Sepia, a place that is living on its past and uncertain where it is going. Is it a museum piece or something living, dynamic. And I like the idea of Dubravka Ugresic: […]

Thirteen Crime Stories from Latin America – A Review

Thirteen Crime Stories from Latin America McSweeney’s No. 46 McSweeney’s 2014, pg 270 Maybe I just don’t like crime fiction? I don’t read much of it. Perhaps reading this collection was a mistake for someone like myself? But I’ve read enough fiction with criminality and violence that I can only conclude something else was at […]

Asymptote Journal’s Latin American Issue Out Now

Asymptote Journal has put together a special feature on Latin American fiction for their July issue. Amongst this rich issue are some stand out Latin American writers. See the full contents here. Our special feature on Latin American fiction continues this theme of rebellion, with warm tributes to Gabriel García Márquez (by his Portuguese translator), […]

The Short Story “The Final Days of Daniel Knopoff” by Pablo Besarón up at Contemporary Argentine Writers

The blog Contemporary Argentine Writers has a new short story up: “The Final Days of Daniel Knopoff” by Pablo Besarón. There is also a short bio and an interview with him in Spanish. The morning of Thursday, February 7, 2007, was a typical summer morning. With suffocating heat settling in for the rest of the […]