July 30, 2008

Up reading because of insomnia

This post now resides on my other site 50 Watts:


  1. Will,

    Cuates is plural, so it couldn't refer solely to Fuentes.

  2. Thanks Chris, I updated it.

    Is there a book on the working relationships between Latin American authors and their US translators.

    Does anyone know if Jelinek worked with Pynchon on her translation of Gravity's Rainbow (I just discovered she did this yesterday)?

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  4. Will,

    Suzanne Jill Levine wrote a book about 15 years ago or so entitled The Subversive Scribe: Translating Latin American Fiction. I remember being a bit disappointed in it, though, and I don't think I have a copy now.

    More recently, Gregory Rabassa published a memoir called If This Be Treason: Translation and Its Dyscontents, which is well worth reading if a bit light on the details.

    Cortázar's letters (Cartas, three volumes, from Alfaguara in Spain) include extensive correspondence with Rabassa, Paul Blackburn, and other translators and editors, but so far they haven't been translated into English.

  5. Yes, yes, yes, beautiful book but don't miss the dinosaur microstory :)