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Epidemias

Epidemias

La pandemia nos permite ver otro lado de cosas que dimos por hecho. A veces la sensación es de ver el mundo más claramente, como ver la cara en la luz despiadada de un nuevo ascensor; a veces parece más una inversión del orden antiguo, los placeres de ayer volviéndose...

Fetch the Bolt Cutters

Fetch the Bolt Cutters

More than most artists, each of Fiona Apple's albums seems to exist on its own. Partly it's that a gap of years separates each one, so that it inhabits its own niche in time; partly it's that Apple finds a different approach each time. The elegant teen poetry of Tidal...

La ciudad, capítulo 4

La ciudad, capítulo 4

The protagonist and the woman get to spend some time alone in this fourth chapter. 4. I expected her gaze to be lowered, expectant or fearful, but when I turned towards the woman I saw her eyes fixed on me, with a fiery expression of reproach. She opened her lips to...

La ciudad, capítulo 3

La ciudad, capítulo 3

This third chapter of Levrero's novel only carries the protagonist further away from where he wants to be. (Chapters one and two are here and here.) 3. When I opened my eyes I realised that the sun had already risen. I observed my travelling companions. The woman...

La ciudad, de Mario Levrero

La ciudad, de Mario Levrero

This is my translation of the first two chapters of Mario Levrero's novel The City. The protagonist lives in a perverse universe where nothing he does produces the outcome he expects and his choices keep leading him further and further from home. By his own admission,...

Top 50 Films – the 2010s

Top 50 Films – the 2010s

These are the movies that have stayed with me most over the last decade. The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick, 2011) Terrence Malick captures the way we actually remember childhood – not in coherent episodes but in intensely apprehended moments, like Jessica Chastain...

Soñar un país

Soñar un país

En la historia de cada colonia, después de la independencia había una crisis adolescente de identidad. Los ciudadanos del nuevo país elegían entre dos opciones: emular la modernidad de los amos antiguos o buscar algo propio de las tierras colonizadas. La ansiedad...

El Anglo

El Anglo

Cada cultura expresa su fascinación con la muerte en una manera distinta. En Australia se encuentra en nuestra relación ambivalente con la naturaleza que pueda volverse de repente tan hostil; en los Estados Unidos en el puesto privilegiado de las armas. En Uruguay se...

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...