JOHN GASCOIGNE

Writer & Musician

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Movie Diary 25/1/20

Movie Diary 25/1/20

Hustlers (2019) – This is a textbook example of how a female point of view can transform even very familiar stories. The narrative strategies that writer and director Lorene Scafaria employs – the story's events recounted to a journalist in flashbacks, the old hand...

Defensa de Violeta Parra

Defensa de Violeta Parra

The Parra family has the rare distinction of producing two major artists in a single generation: Nicanor, impudent antipoet who died only last year, and Violeta, folklorist, singer-songwriter and visual artist, who ended her own life in 1967. I read Victor Herrero...

Supervivientes

Supervivientes

Dormí mal, y me desperté con la piel delgada, los nervios expuestos. Mas fue mi único día en Barra de Valizas, y quería caminar hacia Cabo Polonio, por el parque nacional. El parque muestra verde en el mapa, pero en realidad es un pequeño desierto en el medio de la...

Es que somos muy pobres, de Juan Rulfo

Es que somos muy pobres, de Juan Rulfo

Juan Rulfo is one of those authors famous for only a couple of books – his reputation rests on the short story collection El llano en llamas and the novel Pedro Páramo, both published in a burst of creativity in the 1950s. For an author whose terse style evokes a...

Sol del trópico, by Gabriela Mistral

Sol del trópico, by Gabriela Mistral

The poetry of Gabriela Mistral, who won the Nobel Prize in 1945, is very concrete, and generally it's yoked to the Chilean landscape. Often her protagonists are women: on solitary journeys that might be a pilgrimage or an attempt at flight; stuck in landscapes that...

Prosas apátridas, by Julio Ramón Ribeyro

Prosas apátridas, by Julio Ramón Ribeyro

Julio Ramón Ribeyro was a Peruvian author best known for his short stories; his work is enjoying a surge of attention in Peru on the 90th anniversary of his birth. Shopping in Lima I was torn between his collected stories, a formidable brick of a book, and his Prosas...

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