In a collection of short essays, Cesar Aira discusses his love, bordering on obsession, for the American fine art magazine Artforum. Called, simply, Artforum, as a work of nonfiction it is something of an anomaly in the writer’s oeuvre. Written in the first person, the book carries all the markers associated with the writer — slim volume, short paragraphs covering a large breadth of territory, … Continue reading Artforum by Cesar Aira
Every once in a while I find a book so dense that it seems impenetrable. The kind of book that requires research to read. Like Joyce’s Ulysses (I took an entire course on Joyce in college) or Faulkner’s The Sound and The Fury (Cliff Notes provided by my High School English teacher). I’ve always enjoyed information mining. But, the Geography of Rebels Trilogy is next … Continue reading Geography of Rebels Trilogy by Maria Gabriela Llansol (tr. Audrey Young)
Title: The Case of Lisandra P. Author: Hélène Grémillon Translator: Alison Anderson Publisher: Penguin Books, New York (2016) ISBN: 978 0 14 312658 4 When writing #WITMonth posts, my first instinct is to spotlight only amazing books. And while those books definitely exist, it started to seem unfair to hold a writer to a ridiculously high standard because of her gender. It is perfectly … Continue reading The Case of Lisandra P. by Hélène Grémillon, translated by Alison Anderson – #WITMonth 2016
Title: Betty Boo Author: Claudia Piñeiro Translator: Miranda France Publisher: Bitter Lemon Press, London (2016) ISBN: 978 1 908524 55 3 2 There are three epigraphs at the beginning of Betty Boo, the highly enjoyable mystery novel (her fourth to be translated into English) by Argentine author Claudia Piñeiro. One is a quote from Ricardo Piglia’s Target In the Night. “The story goes … Continue reading Spring Crime Spree! – Betty Boo by Claudia Piñeiro, Miranda France tr.
Title: Target In the Night Author: Ricardo Piglia Translator: Sergio Waisman Publisher: Deep Vellum Publishing, Dallas (2015) ISBN: 978 1 941929 16 9 1 When Toni Durán, a handsome Puerto Rican-American, arrives in Madariaga, a small town in the Argentine Pampas, he definitely shakes things up. He romances the beautiful twin daughters of the richest man in town, befriends the local Chinese waiter, … Continue reading Spring Crime Spree! – Target In The Night by Richard Piglia, Sergio Waisman tr.