JOHN GASCOIGNE

Writer & Musician

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Recent Travels

Liberadores y tiranos

Liberadores y tiranos

La conversión de liberadores en tiranos es una historia repetida en Latinoamérica. Los héroes incorruptos son hombres como Miguel Hidalgo o Tomás Katari quienes murió en las etapas tempranas de sus movimientos sociales, y por eso nunca sufrían las tentaciones de...

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...

Una excursión al lado del lago

Una excursión al lado del lago

La belleza del paisaje alrededor de Lago Titicaca es como la belleza australiana – una semejanza solo intensificada por la presencia de bosques de eucaliptos, introducidos allí como en tantos lugares latinos – y para un ojo anglo, enseñado a encontrar belleza en...

Habits of the Pigeons

Habits of the Pigeons

One nice thing about Ben's work on the Real Pigeons series (Book 4 is out now) is that he and I now notice pigeons much more than we used to. There are lots of different pigeons in America, too - the little brown torcazas, with their feathers like scales, the big...