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Golpes bajos / Low Blows

Instantáneas / Snapshots

Alicia Borinsky; Translated by Cola Franzen and the author

Publication Year: 2007

     In these short, bilingual stories set in Buenos Aires (with each piece appearing in Spanish and English on facing pages), Alicia Borinsky provides unique glimpses into the lives of the city's inhabitants: its businessmen and tango dancers, politicians and torturers, triumphant divas and discarded children—a gallery of characters from a broad spectrum of contemporary Argentine society. She portrays a world of violence, corruption, love, and betrayal. The brevity of the pieces suggests a breathlessness and ephemeral quality, the fast-paced rhythm of the present. Yet within these small moments flicker the larger forces that shape ordinary lives. Civil wars are fought, shady deals are made, unwanted children are born. And in Borinsky's ironic but life-affirming prose, human foibles are exposed.
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Published by: University of Wisconsin Press

Title page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. vii-xii

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pp. xiii-xv

The world of Golpes bajos / Low Blows is not hard to find, since it is the world we know, the one we see all around us, in the streets, cafes, houses, apartments, prisons, and dance halls of wherever we are. But would we have seen it, would we recognize the familiarity in its strangeness, without Alicia Borinsky’s help? Surely not. These pieces ...

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pp. xvii

I have worked with Cola Franzen to reproduce in English the irony, black humor, and rhythm of the original Spanish. Ours is a literary translation. We have not left aside literal solutions altogether but we have chosen, instead, to focus on creating English versions faithful to the cultural differences between the two languages. We strived for ...

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pp. xix

The author and the translator would like to thank Wolfgang Franzen and Ezra B. Mehlman for their help and support in putting together this book ...

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Entre nosotros /Between You and Me

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pp. 2-94

They’ve come in as if in answer to a special summons.Neatly dressed. Now no longer children, they look at each other, walk carefully through the corridor because soon they too will have to march. All together they will gingerly make their way into the auditorium. At that moment she will be laughing with the piano teacher but ...

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La mujer invisible /The Invisible Woman

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pp. 95-138

That day everyone was celebrating because the country had moved to a colder hemisphere. That way the winter sales would come much sooner and they could show off those fur coats that go so well with gala events. Poor things, frivolous, distracted, out of it. They missed the birth almost without a moan of an infant girl with a ...

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Rincón de los profetas /Prophet’s Corner

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pp. 139-160

The prophets are holding a meeting to collect words for the future. Each chooses one from the other, polishes it, conjugates it and tries to steal it forever. But since these are whimsical words, enamored of their previous owners, they hold back, remember their past places, and in the midst of their haste to return they don’t even realize that ...

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pp. 161-186

I was born when I was a little girl in a house full of older people who talked among themselves about a fight they’d had some years earlier because of the distribution of an inheritance stolen by a pregnant woman who’d fled in a great rush after giving birth to a baby girl who poor thing was guilty of nothing. From birth I knew I was innocent ...

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Locas / Fruitcakes

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pp. 187-193

They let her have it too hard and now she gets back at a nerdy little girl who asks her permission to go to the movies. Manuelita they call her. Wears a lacy camisole on holidays and for school a uniform that looks ironed as soon as she puts it on her stiff body. Looks more like a stick than a girl. That is, until he gets to her own sinful ...

E-ISBN-13: 9780299216030
Print-ISBN-13: 9780299216009

Publication Year: 2007