Golpes bajos / Low Blows
Instantáneas / Snapshots
Publication Year: 2007
Published by: University of Wisconsin Press
Title page, Copyright, Dedication
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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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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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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 ...
Entre nosotros /Between You and Me
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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 ...
La mujer invisible /The Invisible Woman
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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 ...
Rincón de los profetas /Prophet’s Corner
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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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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 ...
Locas / Fruitcakes
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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 ...
Publication Year: 2007