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...
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,...
El nopal y el prickly pear

El nopal y el prickly pear

En El laberinto de soledad, Octavio Paz recuerda una charla con una amiga mexicana quien vive en California. Para ella, en los Estados Unidos incluso los pájaros y plantas conocidos son extraños porque llevan nombres ingleses. «Aquí hasta los pájaros hablan en inglés....
Los Angeles Nocturne

Los Angeles Nocturne

This is my translation of Xavier Villaurrutia’s poem “Nocturno de Los Ángeles” from his collection Nostalgia de la muerte. Villaurutia was an important literary figure in Mexico in the years after the Revolution, a member of the contemporáneos along...
Book List 2018

Book List 2018

My reading last year was shaped by my travels – in Japan and Korea in April and May, and South America in the second half of the year. I was surprised at the paucity of titles on Japan and Korea in English – reflecting, I suppose, white Australians’ indifference...