Books by Gregory Rabassa

Gregory Rabassa is one of the most prominent translators of Latin American literature into English. Born in Yonkers, New York, in 1922, Rabassa obtained his degree from Columbia University and, since 1968, has held a position as professor of Romance Langu


WHAT CAN I DO WHEN EVERYTHING’S ON FIRE? by António Lobo Antunes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Strictly for those who like experimental fiction."
A prolonged tempest in a demitasse in the demimonde of contemporary Lisbon. Read full book review >
MASTER OF THE SEA by José Sarney
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"First published in 1978 in Brazil, and much translated since, it's a little as if Tom Jones had been leavened by a dash of Harry Potter."
From the former president of Brazil, a picaresque epic of the sea. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 27, 2004

"Grateful readers of these works in English will disagree."
A fine summing-up by the translator who brought such notable Latin American authors as Gabriel García Márquez and Julio Cortázar to the attention of English-speaking readers. Read full book review >
ROSARIO TIJERAS by Jorge Franco
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 27, 2004

"Oddly flat: an intense, raw portrait of l'amour fou just slightly too deadpan to be taken seriously."
Colombian novelist Franco's third book but first to appear here is a kind of South American Scarface, about the rise and fall of a poor girl who becomes a player in the Medellín mob wars. Read full book review >
THE RETURN OF THE CARAVELS by António Lobo Antunes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2001

"Antunes isn't easygoing, but the chaotic brio of his sardonic tragicomic sensibility is often perversely entertaining."
If Portuguese postmodernist Antunes (whose mazelike fictions include An Explanation of the Birds, 1991, and Fado Alexandrino, 1990) were a filmmaker, he'd be the late Luis Buñuel—who, incidentally, makes a telling brief appearance in this multilayered 1988 novel. Read full book review >
MACHO CAMACHO’S BEAT by Luis Rafael Sánchez
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Comparing Sánchez to Guillermo Cabrera Infante, Kirkus celebrated this 'attractive, small-scale entertainment' and its 'tour-de-force translation by el Magnifico.'"
Well-known as a man of letters in his native Puerto Rico, where he recently retired as a professor, Sánchez made a splash as a novelist here in 1980, when his book was translated by the legendary Rabassa, who for this edition provides an introduction explaining the specific challenge of capturing Sánchez's demotic epic, with its song-inspired slanginess. Read full book review >
DOÑA INÉS VS. OBLIVION by Ana Teresa Torres
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 26, 1999

"Do§a InÇs is both a retrograde tyrant and ferocious force of nature, and Torres has brought her to life (-in-death) with stunning success."
Do§a InÇs Vs. Read full book review >
ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SOLITUDE by Gabriel García Márquez
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 25, 1969

"Those who pass time with the Señor will find this a luxuriant, splendid and spirited conception."
Those (guessably not the general reader) who do not find the labyrinthine configurations of Señor Garcia-Marquez's mighty myth impregnable, and at times interminable, will be rewarded by this story of one hundred years and six generations in the peaceful, primal and ageless world of Macondo. Read full book review >