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El Anglo

El Anglo

La manera nativa de matar vacas o novillos en aquel tiempo revestía penosas modalidades… Uno de los dos jinetes ocupados en la operación, la enlazaba de las aspas y se alejaba al galope, manteniendo el lazo tirante. El segundo hombre descolgábase entonces del caballo,...

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. Sin embargo ese fue mi único día en Barra de Valizas, y quería caminar hacia Cabo Polonio a través del parque nacional. El parque se muestra verde en el mapa, pero en realidad es un pequeño desierto...

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 del lago Titicaca me recordaba la belleza australiana, la semejanza solo intensificada por la presencia de bosques de eucaliptos plantados en los cerros. Para un ojo anglosajón, enseñado a encontrarla en campos verdes, la belleza más...

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...

Movie Diary 27/8/19

Movie Diary 27/8/19

Crazy Rich Asians (2018) – A blow for representation this may be, but the central relationship is on the messed-up Jane Eyre/Rebecca model, where the heroine (Constance Wu) has to make all the adjustments to win over her rich, impassive boyfriend (Henry Golding) –...