Search Results: "Gregory Rabassa"


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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SOLITUDE by Gabriel García Márquez
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 25, 1969

"Those who pass time with the Senor will find this a luxuriant, splendid and spirited conception."
Those (guessably not the general reader) who do not find the labyrinthine configurations of Senor Garcia-Marquez' 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 >

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THE 39 DEATHS OF ADAM STRAND by Gregory Galloway
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 21, 2013

"A moody, compelling read that never cuts to the quick. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Suicide from the eyes of a survivor. Read full book review >

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FISH by Gregory Mone
ADVENTURE
Released: June 1, 2010

"His pacifism adds an unusual element for stories of this ilk, too. (Adventure. 11-13)"
Tongue embedded in cheek, Mone proffers a nautical tale well stocked with typecast pirates and starring an Irish farmboy whose aversion to fighting is surpassed only by his abilities in the water. Read full book review >