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Everybody goes wild

Jul 23, 2017 Comments Off on Everybody goes wild by

Patriotismo Ryan Eckes, translated by Carlos Soto-Román Libros del Pez Espiral, 2017 Fifty green stars on the cover; seven green stripes on the back cover, like something you’d see on a lounge chair at the beach. Are stars & stripes patriotic if they’re green? Is this patriotism a form of aestheticism? What is patriotism, anyway? With […]

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Exhibition in memory of Guatemalan artist Francisco Auyón

Jul 12, 2017 Comments Off on Exhibition in memory of Guatemalan artist Francisco Auyón

‘With objects as images I respond to the eternal antinomies of life-death, sacrifice-redemption, sin-forgiveness, solid-void and the influence they have on individual and collective behaviour.’ Francisco Auyón, 1999 By Adam Robinson My work is in aid of Francisco’s memory, extending an evocation of him and his work. However, it is also about being in memories of […]

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Perspectives thread in translated Colombian novel “Come the Day”

Jun 30, 2017 Comments Off on Perspectives thread in translated Colombian novel “Come the Day”

by Jon Lindsay Miles Manuel Mejía Vallejo’s El día señalado is one of some fifty novels published between 1951 and 1967 that took as their subject the civil unrest in Colombia known as “La violencia”. In his book-length study of the Colombian novel, La novela colombiana: Planetas y satélites (1978), Seymour Menton considers Mejía Vallejo’s […]

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Featured poet: Ernesto González Barnert

Jun 07, 2017 Comments Off on Featured poet: Ernesto González Barnert

Ernesto González Barnert (Temuco, 1978) is the author of the anthology Equipaje ligero [Traveling light] (2017), as well as the poem collections Cul de sac (2016), Playlist (2015), Trabajos de luz sobre el agua [Works of light on water] (2015), Coto de caza [Hunting grounds] (2013), Arte tábano [Gadfly art] (2010) and Higiene [Hygiene] (2007). He was awarded the Premio Nacional del Consejo del Libro (2014), […]

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Argentine political cabaret comes to London

Jun 07, 2017 Comments Off on Argentine political cabaret comes to London

These Trees Are Made of Blood, a political musical cabaret set in the 1970s during Argentina’s Dirty War, is coming to London’s Arcola Theatre (14 June – 15 July 2017). www.arcolatheatre.com/event/these-trees-are-made-of-blood/ Tweet

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Spectral histories: Art and the Colombian rubber industry

May 01, 2017 Comments Off on Spectral histories: Art and the Colombian rubber industry

Our modern world owes a lot to a product native to Amazonia: natural rubber. As well as its contribution to the automobile and aviation industries in the form of the tyre, natural rubber is employed in a range of other products: from hoses and industrial belts to gloves, syringes, telegraph cables and condoms. A history […]

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‘A beautiful, bountiful country torn apart’

Mar 31, 2017 Comments Off on ‘A beautiful, bountiful country torn apart’

In her investigation A Hero’s Curse: The Perpetual Liberation of Venezuela (UK: Hurst, April 2017, US: Oxford University Press, May 2017), the Swedish journalist Kajsa Norman tells the story of “the modern Venezuelans whose lives have taken shape in the shadow of Simón Bolívar and his most passionate disciple, Comandante Hugo Chávez.” It is November 2013. A stray dog urinates on […]

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Tropical troubadour: Agustín Lara in Veracruz

Feb 05, 2017 Comments Off on Tropical troubadour: Agustín Lara in Veracruz

From Agustin Lara: A Cultural Biography By Andrew Grant Wood © Oxford University Press, 2014 The early association between Veracruz and Lara [began] in January 1929 when, while performing at the El Retiro, Maruca Pérez referred to Agustín as “the inspired Veracruz composer.” Further constructing this fictive identity, Lara began telling interviewers in the early 1930s that he […]

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Close encounters of all kinds

Jan 20, 2017 Comments Off on Close encounters of all kinds

            Excerpt from The Worlds I Love, a novel by Cuban author Daína Chaviano, translated by Yolanda Molina-Gavilán It was the month of July and final examinations came along with it. During the breaks I turned myself to rest and clearing my mind as I went from one exam to the next. I […]

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An original spirit: William James in Brazil

Jan 04, 2017 Comments Off on An original spirit: William James in Brazil

by Maria Helena P.T. Machado University of São Paulo From Brazil through the Eyes of William James: Letters, Diaries, and Drawings, 1865–1866 Translated by John M. Monteiro Harvard University Press, 2006 Republished with permission of the author A completely different perspective emerges in the letters and diaries written by William James during his journey in Brazil. […]

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Portrait of Messi as a Young Man (excerpt)

Nov 11, 2016 Comments Off on Portrait of Messi as a Young Man (excerpt)

Excerpt from Mexican writer Juan Villoro’s God is Round, translated by Thomas Bunstead (Restless Books, 2016) CHILDHOOD PREFIGURATIONS Not long before taking part in his first final in youth competitions, Lionel Messi got locked in a bathroom. The child whom no defender was able to stop found himself up against a broken lock. The match was about […]

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Featured poet: Alejandra Lerma (Colombia)

Nov 08, 2016 Comments Off on Featured poet: Alejandra Lerma (Colombia)

Born in Cali in 1991, Lerma studied social communication and journalism at the Universidad del Valle. Her poems have been published in the individual collections El lenguaje de mi alma (2008) and Oscuridad en luz alta (2015), and she has also participated in collective works like Antología poética amores urbanos (2011) and Trébol de cuatro hojas (2014). Currently […]

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Echoes of echoes

Oct 22, 2016 Comments Off on Echoes of echoes

Dialogues with Myself and My Others Isaac Goldemberg, translated from the Spanish by Jonathan Tittler Cardboard House Press, 2016 The “My Others” in the title isn’t a typo. Every poem in this book begins with a quote from some other person. Isaac Goldemberg’s poems respond to these epigraphs, either by extending their ideas, arguing against them, turning […]

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