La ciudad, capítulos 3 y 4

La ciudad, capítulos 3 y 4

At the start of Levrero’s novel The City his protagonist leaves the house to buy groceries and, lost in the rain, flags down a truck. The next two chapters carry him further and further away from his original intention. (The first two chapters are here.) 3. When...
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...
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...
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...
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...