She was the recipient of a 2011 National Endowment for the Arts Translation Fellowship in support of her translation of Antonio Benítez Rojo’s novel, Woman in Battle Dress (City Lights, 2015), which was a finalist for the PEN Center USA Literary Award for Translation. Largely evincing a politics of acknowledgement and witness, her writing quietly reveals the double standards and ironies layered into mundane aspects of the lives of the women in her stories." U of Pittsburgh, 2013. —The Independent. “She was not crazy: it was her spontaneous way of feeling, thinking, and seeing the world.” She adds that Bioy believed Ocampo seemed to have no literary predecessor—she influenced herself. Silvina Ocampo (Buenos Aires, le 28 juillet 1903 - id. Her translations from the Spanish have appeared in Granta, Review: Literature and Arts of the Americas, and ZYZZYVA. Known primarily in the English-speaking world as a friend of Borges and wife to his collaborator Bioy Casares, the translation of more of her work into English is a reason to celebrate her for her own right, as … libros de Silvina Ocampo2, signale aussi la différence de style entre les deux premiers livres d’Ocampo et remarque tout particulièrement la continuité entre Viaje olvidado et la production postérieure à Autobiografia de Irene. If we’d left it as “Vino,” the joke would have been lost. %PDF-1.3 Youngest sister of Victoria Ocampo, Argentine writer, intellectual and publisher of the literary magazine Sur (Buenos Aires, 07 April 1890 -, 21 January 1979, Buenos Aires). . Her books include Manuel Puig and the Spider Woman (Farrar Straus Giroux and Faber & Faber, 2000) and The Subversive Scribe: Translating Latin American Fiction (Graywolf Press, 1991), reissued by Dalkey Archive Press, along with her classic translations of three novels by Manuel Puig. `v߹��������.�sm��Pw50��?���2�M��y�\-��U8ƾ�g��;���t��UL��Z��V#=�A�+�7|��ji�jÖ�j�@�����y2����[4%����%�����~=Ә�d|� D�__�f��ĩZf�����>��c�l��/���Eo����ބ�7�@K�1�#(9�e]"��ϑ�v�� R*��@�3��� �Ϯ*�Y�:po����[�X�)�(@��M������n�_ףmƲ�>r[ One example from The Promise is a character by the name “Genaro Vino.” “Vino” is the third-person singular past tense form of “venir”—“to come”—so Genaro Vino could be heard not as a first and last name but rather as a statement about Geraro’s whereabouts: “Genaro came.” The narrator notes that, “His last name led to misunderstandings.” To preserve the humor here, we needed to come up with a name that was funny in the same way in English. . 11 nouvelles, Musique, maestro !, Collectif, Flammarion. (buenos aires) #travelcolorfully María Agustina Pardini: How much did you know about Silvina Ocampo before these books came into your hands? She is the author of Complete Stories, The Fury and Other Stories, Inventions of Memory, and many others. Forgotten Journey was a collaboration with Katie Lateef-Jan, a current doctoral candidate whom I mentored in the translation studies program I founded and directed at UCSB, and who has coedited with me a scholarly volume of essays called (with certain humor) Untranslatability Goes Global. Découvrez tous les produits Silvina Ocampo à la fnac : Livres, BD, Ebooks, Livres en VO Suzanne Jill Levine: Forgotten Journey, when it first came out in 1937, was severely criticized by Silvina’s more famous sister, Victoria, for the extreme obscurity and occasionally incorrect or at least forced grammar of the writing style. “Intervention” as in a surgery, like a total knee replacement, is what a translator does, like taking apart a knee and putting it back together again: it’s different, made of different, artificial (compared to natural) material, but it still serves its principal function. Ocampo’s writing anticipates the work of later women writers who have been translated more extensively into English, like Clarice Lispector, and contemporary Argentine writers like Mariana Enríquez and Samanta Schweblin. As Jessa Crispin asks in her prologue to Joanna Russ’s How to Suppress Women’s Writing: “What is it going to take to have full reconsideration of how literature has been dominated by one small worldview, to see how our ideas of greatness are affected by our own need to see ourselves, our gender, our nation as great, and to see radical plurality as this exciting, beautiful thing, and not a threat to your tiny, little self?” Not enough people were able to appreciate Ocampo in her time, both because her work broke conventions and because it wasn’t translated, and it is imperative that her radical and beautiful writing now be incorporated into the international literary canon. Project "Writing in the Making: The Reconstruction of Silvina Ocampo and Clarice Lispector's Creative Processes.” Center for Latin American Studies. So when she was finally published decades later in English (following the example of French translations), her later stories were anthologized, but this first book, with the exception of two stories, was ignored, and had been out of print for decades. So we kept the repetition of keys, referring to many, keeping in mind that Spanish, rioplatense or otherwise, is naturally musical in its sounds, and we added the alliterative play of “keeper” and “keys” to suggest a woman bearing a big burden, thus: “housekeeper with many keys to keep,” as in “Eulalia was the seamstress, the housekeeper with many keys to keep, and sometimes she had the time to water the flowers and the lawn.”. Le présent article se donne pour but de tester la validité de cette hypothèse. Was it difficult to keep up with her ingenious style? Ces nouvelles sont empreintes de fantastiques, comme l'illustrent plusieurs nouvelles qui sont dans le recueil dont je parle ici. She had her own voice, to which she remained faithful. Her hermetic metaphors, her perversely elusive wit, and her oblique (and often infinitely ambiguous) use of language under the influence of surrealism—more pronounced in baroque turns of phrase in the first book, Viaje olvidado, or Forgotten Journey (the title is almost an oxymoron), but still present in the collage technique of The Promise at the very end, posthumously published. To conclude: Bioy and Silvina were wealthy in their heyday—the Ocampos were one of the richest families in Argentina in the 1920s when Argentina was the fifth richest country in the world—and could afford idiosyncrasy. In 1982, in conversation with Noemí Ulla, Ocampo reflected on Forgotten Journey’s reception and identified a shared sensibility she perceived between the collection and Clarice Lispector’s more well-known work, especially in its “twisted way of putting together sentences.” She mentions Lispector (who had just died) wanting to meet her at the book fair in Buenos Aires and laments that the meeting never came to pass—both writers expressed admiration for each other, and their early stories share more than a similarly unconventional use of language, springing from each writer’s multilingualism; Lispector, too, in collections like Family Ties, delved into the lives of women and children in Latin America. Ocampo's friend and collaborator Jorge Luis Borges called Ocampo "one of the greatest poets in the Spanish language, whether on this side of the ocean or on the other." I ended up being Bioy Casares’s principal translator and wrote a book about him. Nevertheless, it is possible to observe in both works the characteristics that appear in all her writing and that distinguish her from her contemporaries and the prevailing literary aesthetics. In considering her evolution, Argentine journalist Matilde Sanchez writes, “Over the course of four decades, her narrative gradually changed from the bookish imagery characteristic of the upper class (from the Katherine Mansfield-like impressionism of Forgotten Journey) to the hidden erotic demons of the middle class in The Guests—from delicate tales with highbrow references to brief episodes treated as urban myths,”(Los Andes, 2003). << /Length 5 0 R /Filter /FlateDecode >> Nous rencontrions parfois une voiture. Suzanne Jill Levine: Hélas, you never “keep” the local language you are translating from—even if you leave words in Spanish, they’re not the same—but you can give that language another life in English and sometimes get miraculously close to the tone and even to sounds. Field Research Grant. Katie Lateef-Jan: I would say that Silvina herself didn’t fully agree with Victoria’s assessment, and I’m wary of the word “mistakes,” though there are certainly irregularities. D'une manière plus générale, la perspective adoptée m'amène à explorer les origines du Fantastique dans l'œuvre narrative de Silvina Ocampo In her reply, as a way of joking about her nonexistence in translation (except perhaps in French and Italian), she recounted, in her large squiggly handwriting, that William Carlos Williams had once written to her, asking permission to translate one of her poems. She incorporates colloquial Spanish, omits personal pronouns (especially the first-person narrator), plays with adjectives in a masterfully chaotic way, takes the fantastic genre to the extreme, explores the absurd, reflects on universal themes—such as childhood and the difference between social classes—from a new perspective, and gives the reader the freedom to interpret the ending. Silvina Ocampo écrivain, puisqu’elle est la clé de la compréhension de son travail. "The majority of Silvina Ocampo's characters are female, and there is an accompanying feminism—subtle yet disruptive—that echoes through both Forgotten Journey and The Promise. It was certainly difficult but ultimately rewarding to keep up with Silvina’s unusual (and very much ingenious!) So when she was finally published decades later in English (following the example of French translations), her later stories were anthologized, but … Click to donate. Suzanne Jill Levine: Forgotten Journey, when it first came out in 1937, was severely criticized by Silvina’s more famous sister, Victoria, for the extreme obscurity and occasionally incorrect or at least forced grammar of the writing style. Was it necessary for you to use paratexts? Suzanne Jill Levine: Intervention seems to me a good metaphor for translation. Her most recent translation is Edna Iturralde’s award-winning book, Green Was My Forest, published by Mandel Vilar Press in September, 2018. là où le ciment devenait boue. This is a book that is going to stick with me for a very, very long time mainly because of the beauty, intense originality, and strangeness of Silvina Ocampo's writing. The theme of memory, a recurrent topic in her writing, is present throughout the novel. While I could have translated both books by myself, the work was enhanced by these bright young translators and by what everyone in dialogue brought to the two books. Project "Scribbles under the Surface: Latin American Avant Garde in their Drafts and Manuscripts." Her final narrative work, The Promise, is a very wild, tragic, and comic unfinished novella, and it contains peculiarities which also appear to be mistakes but (mostly) are actually intended. Nous marchions loin de la nuit, citant des vers au hasard, non loin de la mer. She writes in a voice that is purposely sporadic and free of literary devices, almost as if the narrators were not accustomed to expressing themselves. Jessica Powell has published dozens of translations of literary works by a wide variety of Latin American writers. Suzanne Jill Levine: As a graduate student in the 1970s, I had wonderful mentors, such as the brilliant Uruguayan literary critic Emir Rodríguez Monegal, and thus I discovered Adolfo Bioy Casares and Silvina Ocampo. With the arrival this week, nearly 30 years later, of her magical collection of selected stories, Thus Were Their Faces, Ocampo’s earlier words resonate now with something of the “clairvoyance” Borges once attributed to her. Enríquez observes, “What is strange is that Silvina’s work has not been translated in general. For so long that I suffered from the habit of hiding what I wrote: as if God could heal me and give me a piece of good news that never came . ��UFD�#�����6b���y�R���-�C��Zp� �~Gm��hY��I���ׯ��k7|O��^�B�P(n��%�6�;6�BJ�vn)�-Y���7�~��k@��E�L ��D��e8 ��l�GS[W��?A�g,L��|��֋���q��ը��:]-�+l��f߰P��gOΒ:�^w�y6�߄R���z��g�p�ݦ�J���C�a9��~�������j!L��nSD�/�\��FIW6g���z�S� ������I/�'À��wd�g�� Jo"�HJ-�#Cb�Q�*�\���YڽK��M�����3v�>ZԎ(�6{���O6[�!�26RI7cæ���9�8.��0U�22|�>b�}�_͔D��- �ZH����S�Cu�. Praise for Suzanne Jill Levine’s The Subversive Scribe: None of her books are particularly ‘commercial’ and each of them is interesting for different reasons; what is striking is that such a personal writer is not widely known outside of Argentina.” Perhaps it is because Ocampo was not doing what was expected of women writers of her generation—producing work that reflected the preestablished literary and syntactic rules of the moment and expressing feelings and memories in a reasonable, structured way. Ocampo's style, the very way she uses words and sentences, conveys something both innocent and cruel. “Adrift” then occurred to me, an adjective used in English when Borges’s now famously Argentine sense of alienation was first introduced to readers as “adrift in metaphysics.”. Mais l'œuvre de Silvina Ocampo, et en particulier Viaje Olvidado, n'apparaît pas comme une tentative de subversion des genres, de rénovation de certaines tendances … Elle était l'épouse de l'autre célèbre écrivain argentin Adolfo Bioy Casares. María Agustina Pardini: Jessica, did you have to read other novels, stories, or poems to grasp her style? Before 2013, finding a copy of anything written by the Argentinian writer Silvina Ocampo in an English translation wasn’t easy. She never answered him because she couldn’t believe it was the important American poet and so she thought, from the name, that it was a Brazilian samba musician. There’s a certain quality to her humor, a quirky yet deadpan sensibility that delights in bon mots and plays on words and character names, and it felt important to Jill and me to maintain this humor in our English translation. María Agustina Pardini: Katie, what do you believe will be her contribution to the English-speaking world? Hooray to City Lights for taking them on. Here’s a simple example in a story titled “Nocturne”: the term “ama de llaves” (literally “mistress of the keys”)—that is, “housekeeper”—in a sentence describing this character’s very busy and burdened everyday life. Citations de Silvina Ocampo (45) Filtrer par titre : Tous les titres Non rattachées à un livre (1) Ceux qui aiment, haïssent (1) Faits divers de la Terre et du Ciel (7) La musique de la pluie et autres nouvelles (10) La promesse (3) Los días de la noche (1) Mémoires secrètes d'une poupée (6) Poèmes d'amour désespéré (9) Sentinelles de la nuit (7) … María Agustina Pardini was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1989. Both books were difficult, but from the strictly linguistic perspective, The Promise, the unfinished work written before her death in 1993, is written in simpler, more contemporary language. Her translation of Wicked Weeds by Pedro Cabiya (Mandel Vilar Press, 2016) was named a finalist for the 2017 Best Translated Book Award and made the longlist for the 2017 National Translation Award. As a result of gaps between sentences, the reader senses that something is missing, that something is not being told, … They could assume the marginality that became their destiny, until literary prizes, publishers, and translators like myself (way back in the ’70s) insisted upon knocking on their door. Her name is very often associated with her husband, Adolfo Bioy Casares; her sister, Victoria Ocampo; and her husband’s best friend, Jorge Luis Borges, but her invaluable contributions to Argentine literature and her striking personality established her as far more than a secondary character. Suzanne Jill Levine has translated major Latin American writers and poets, such as Borges, Cortázar, Donoso, Fuentes, Cabrera Infante, Bioy Casares, Onetti, Vallejo, and Cecilia Vicuña. stream Cependant, cette figure paratopique exclut en même temps une grande partie de sa production, ses nouvelles et ses traductions. A less obvious but significant second larger answer is given to us by Silvina herself, as she once wrote (published in Leopoldina’s Dream, x-xi): For a long time I had been writing and hiding what I wrote. Read a review of Silvino Ocampo and Adolfo Bioy Casares’s Where There’s Love, There’s Hate (tr. I met Bioy and Silvina at their Buenos Aires home in July 1971, and it was immediate enthusiasm at first sight amongst the three of us. . Her stories take place in a liquid, viscous reality, where innocence quietly bleeds into cruelty, and the mundane seeps, unnoticed, into the bizarre. … Silvina Ocampo et la Antologîa de la literatura fantâstica 265. semble pourtant évident que les difficultés de proposer un classement générique perdurent, devenant une constante de sa production. Her research focuses on twentieth-century Latin American literature, specifically Argentine fantastic fiction. It is difficult to understand why it took Silvina Ocampo’s first and last books so many years to meet the English-speaking world. María Agustina Pardini: Forgotten Journey is her first book and The Promise, her last. As a young girl, she wanted to paint (and she studied art in Europe under the tutelage of Giorgio de Chirico), but she soon decided that she was fated to be a poet, and especially a poet of fiction, to take the communication between images and words to unexplored zones. She is the coeditor, with Suzanne Jill Levine, of Untranslatability Goes Global: The Translator's Dilemma (2018). She wasn’t after success: maybe writing in relative obscurity gave her a freedom that would otherwise have been impossible. 4 0 obj This month, Ocampo’s first and last books—Forgotten Journey and The Promise—will be available for the first time in English translation from City Lights Books. She won first prize in the 1962 National Poetry Competition for Lo amargo por dulce. Words are “naturally” allusive, alluding to previous usage, whether literary or not. In anticipation of City Lights’s publication of Silvina Ocampo’s Forgotten Journey (tr. Making more of her work available in English will, we hope, help establish webs of influence in the Latin American context and beyond which place women writers in dialogue with other women writers. She was mysterious, imaginative, irreverent, and modern, and so was her writing. "Silvina Ocampo was once called the 'the best kept secret of Argentine letters,' and was, through her own work and that of those she championed, a key figure of modernism. It is my lifesaver when the water of the river or the sea tries to drag me under. Selon les stéréotypes de l’époque, la nouvelle représente justement la pratique rationnelle par excellence. Nous … María Agustina Pardini: What differences did you find in the process of translating both books? In 1960, she moved to Paris, where she befriended writers such as Octavio Paz, Julio Cortázar, and Silvina Ocampo. Give readers a window on the world. Words without Borders opens doors to international exchange through translation, publication, and promotion of the best international literature. Both the normal usage of the term and the fictional context tell us that “keys” signify more than keys, that “keys” are really a metonym for the whole house. One more example relating to your question: I wanted to pay invisible homage to Silvina’s kindred spirit, Borges, and got the opportunity in the story “The Backwater,” where two young girls stuck in a remote ranch on the infinite pampas of Argentina are described as feeling “off-center” (our first version) in relation to their faraway city friends. )�[�v�����+� */��ϙ{63(VKV&E��Qc�Dh�̰���o紱T0z������w�ͰY���l��a��u�Nl���L�^��|�]4��)#�;,ljꭢu� �˯�Od�ƀ9��j̴X�w��0C�!�JWL���Ha60[��z�E���e�Ef����Z4��Mji]�c�5��� “Using paratexts,” in the sense of working within an intertextual frame, is what happens continually in literary translation. So when we translated the title of the last story, “Casa de los Tranvias,” a poignant tableau about a streetcar conductor’s unspoken affinity with one of his passengers, while there are several terms as well as different but similar conveyances—including trolley car and tramway—“streetcar” hit the right note, with the resonance in English of Tennessee Williams’s “A Streetcar Named Desire.” And while the story is called literally “House of the Streetcars”—it’s also a beautiful turn of phrase, as in Lorca’s “Casa de Bernarda Alba”—why not get rid of “of the” and have “Where Streetcars Sleep,” reminiscent of such phrases as “Where Eagles Dare,” “Where Dreams Go to Die,” “Where the Trail Ends”? Borges himself referred to Ocampo as one of the greatest Spanish poets of all time. María Agustina Pardini: Forgotten Journey’s first review was written by Victoria Ocampo and published in Sur. The latter work was a “promise” she made to herself that she would write, and this brief novel took her almost twenty years. ����| ���8#? In their collaborative work, the trio of Silvina Ocampo, Jorge Luis Borges, and Adolfo Bioy Casares became a quartet with … La Vision . Forgotten Journey was first published in 1937 and was reviewed by Ocampo’s sister, Victoria, who claims that Silvina distorted their childhood when recreating it: “These memories, told in the form of stories and mixed with many inventions, could have been mine; but they were different, different in tone.” The Promise, which was published posthumously in 2010, is Ocampo’s most extensive work. First: the traditional obstacle in Argentina (and most of the world) of women as second-class citizens. �1*J��Z�ԵLJ�D��� ��ة� m7�Ե�P��]Aa��ͺ|sUA3%u[ov/K�*}�� =#���M�.�[P��"��]���b�U�)V�=w�����ܧL��C�&iv)�1��m�.��7��.O5�,�����F0�\�g�3�>������L���)����k"1�]��k�C��js �{Q�t!�~�1�8";�ф�vqy��I5brS��ڴf5� Unlike her enterprising older sister, Victoria, Silvina shied away from the limelight and was highly suspicious of publishers, journalists, and all publicity. Silvina Ocampo’s life was as original as her work. Il y avait un eucalyptus, un pin sombre. To be an edgy woman writer in the early twentieth century, Silvina risked invisibility (except for the happy few readers). Études au Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris; 1968-1969 : Assistant de Bruno Maderna au Mozarteum de Salzbourg; 1968-1973 : Chef invité des orchestres de la Résidence de La Haye et de Haarlem . What matters is what we write: that is what we are, not some puppet made up by those who talk and enclose us in a prison so different from our dreams. Star Sign: Leo. “Silvina didn’t believe in the fixity of things and identities,” Enríquez observes. Silvina Inocencia Ocampo was a short-story writer, novelist, poet, and one of the most influential writers of her generation. Suzanne Jill Levine: To speak of the greatest challenge of this doubleheader, or actually three-headed, project (myself with collaborators Katie Lateef-Jan and Jessica Powell) would require answering all of your excellent questions at once. Here you will find an abundance of tales of murder and death in many different, bizarre forms; long … In La hermana menor: un retrato de Silvina Ocampo (The Little Sister: A Portrait of Silvina Ocampo, Anagrama, 2018), renowned Argentine writer Mariana Enríquez observes that one of Ocampo’s most remarkable traits was that she felt free to write everything she wanted, the way she wanted, in spite of the fact that she was always surrounded by two dominating male writers. Although her contemporary Jorge Luis Borges wrote admiringly of her writing, Ocampo’s own contributions to the world of fiction weren’t widely recognized in international circles. To boot, she was associated with (and thus overshadowed by) a brilliant duo of male writers: the now world-famous Jorge Luis Borges, and her husband, Adolfo Bioy Casares; even Bioy himself was overshadowed, as is to be expected, by Borges. It is clear to the reader that she matures as a writer, but do the themes and genres make them too incompatible for any connection to be drawn between them? i_�W�����b��� ���y����0� M����Rx04��Rn!�AD� �ԇn�c� ,��LF? It is evident that in the decades between the writing of the books, Ocampo developed her literary voice: it grew stronger and more defined. She also works as a translator of poetry. María Agustina Pardini: Suzanne, as the cotranslator of both books, what was the greatest challenge you faced when bringing Viaje olvidado and La promesa into English? Suzanne Jill Levine), Read María Austina Pardini’s interview with four contemporary Argentine women writers, Read fiction by Maríana Enriquez and Samanta Schweblin, Read Suzanne Jill Levine’s essay “Many Voices: A Life in Translation”, Read WWB’s April 2018 issue of literature from Argentina, Published Oct 29, 2019   Copyright 2019 María Agustina Pardini. It draws revealing comparisons between these key Argentine writers through their shared obsession with childhood, arguing that an understanding of their attitudes to childhood is fundamental to an appreciation of their work. I will never know what I was hoping for  . Another part of the challenge was that, from the perspective of a certain class and in a certain era in an Argentina that practically no longer exists, Silvina boldly gave voice to marginal figures of her world: servants, women, children. Getting Started | Contributor Zone » Contribute to … She writes about literature in Diario Perfil Cultural Supplement and in Words Without Borders. Style: Musique contemporaine: Yves Prin est un compositeur français de musique contemporaine né le 3 juin 1933 à Sainte-Savine Biographie. “Silvina Ocampo’s prose is made of elegant pleasures and delicate terrors. We believe publishing the two works simultaneously showcases Ocampo at her most feminist, idiosyncratic, and subversive. She studied philosophy and literature at the University of Buenos Aires before dropping out to pursue painting and her own poetry. Silvina Ocampo Aguirre (July 28, 1903 – December 14, 1993) was an Argentine short story writer, poet, and artist. Jul 26, 2014 - stylifh silvina ocampo, author of some great short stories. Not only because Forgotten Journey (the book of stories) is longer, but also, because it was written in the late 1920s and ’30s in an opaque style described in the answer to your first question, it was (I believe) the more difficult work. Des milliers de livres avec la livraison chez vous en 1 jour ou en magasin avec -5% de réduction . Silvina Ocampo escribió numerosos cuentos que Borges apreciaba muchísimo, publicaré algunos, pero hoy estos poemas “fantásticos”. María Agustina Pardini: Was there any intervention from your part? S’intéressant à la genèse de l’œuvre et à son rapport au réel, les contes s’interrogent sur les notions de création et de réception, donnant lieu à un véritable questionnement sur l’art. "VA��qs�!~_������L'���hv�0��8�x�n�WS��_�!HȓFUm71���6��}�ڏ�B�Z�m���)��d������:%ty���� This glimpse is, of course, limited by Ocampo’s own positionality and immense privilege, but her foregrounding of characters and bodies so often underrepresented in literature is an important precedent worthy of critical attention in the English-speaking world. Not that there weren’t huge challenges involving local terms and references and just plain craziness. From that moment on, I felt my mission in life was to bring their unknown work to English readers. “Writing is a luxury or, with luck, a rainbow of colors. Caractérisés par leur dimension métatextuelle, les récits brefs de Silvina Ocampo construisent progressivement, à travers divers procédés narratifs, le credo esthétique de l’auteur. Will we always be students of ourselves? She holds BAs in English and English Scientific and Literary Translation. Praise for Silvina Ocampo: "Ocampo wrote with fascinated horror of Argentinean petty bourgeois society, whose banality and kitsch settings she used in a masterly way to depict strange, surreal atmospheres sometimes verging on the supernatural." We arrived at “Genaro Hascomb,” so that when one character says, “Genaro Hascomb” and another character replies, “Where is he?,” both the joke and Silvina’s distinctive sense of humor are preserved. The narrator sums up her many duties in one sentence: “Eulalia era la costurera, ama de llaves, de muchas llaves, y a veces tenia tiempo,” etc. I feel there is a larger answer to your question. And in the pre-millennial era, publishers were skeptical about translated volumes of short stories by unknown writers. The only book that Ocampo and Bioy wrote together, it is a detective novel—and a satire of the genre—set in a remote seaside hotel in Argentina. In his prologue to the original edition, editor Ernesto Montequin comments, “It is possible to read this book as a posthumous autobiography, and, at the same time, it anticipates, with tragic irony, the ending which would connect, ten years later, the protagonist and the writer.”. Her translation of Pablo Neruda’s book-length poem, venture of the infinite man, was published by City Lights Books in October 2017. All the hallmarks of Silvina’s writing are there: wry humor, puns and double entendre, sudden twists of tone and plot, love triangles, adults both ridiculous and sinister, and unsettlingly precocious children. Do you agree? 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