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Golpes bajos / Low Blows: Instantaneas / Snapshots

Golpes bajos / Low Blows: Instantaneas / Snapshots

by Alicia Borinsky
     
 

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     In these short, bilingual stories set in Buenos Aires (with each piece appearing in Spanish and English on facing pages), Alicia Borinsky provides unique glimpses into the lives of the city's inhabitants: its businessmen and tango dancers, politicians and torturers, triumphant divas and discarded children—a gallery of characters

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     In these short, bilingual stories set in Buenos Aires (with each piece appearing in Spanish and English on facing pages), Alicia Borinsky provides unique glimpses into the lives of the city's inhabitants: its businessmen and tango dancers, politicians and torturers, triumphant divas and discarded children—a gallery of characters from a broad spectrum of contemporary Argentine society. She portrays a world of violence, corruption, love, and betrayal. The brevity of the pieces suggests a breathlessness and ephemeral quality, the fast-paced rhythm of the present. Yet within these small moments flicker the larger forces that shape ordinary lives. Civil wars are fought, shady deals are made, unwanted children are born. And in Borinsky's ironic but life-affirming prose, human foibles are exposed.
 
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“No one working today writes like Alicia Borinsky, whose words explode off the page. The voices in her work arise organically, and their accents and articulations, textures and quirks, are integral, authentic. Each of the voices (and there are scores) has its own palpable history; we feel it, even when its detailed particulars are withheld.”—Marguerite Feitlowitz, Bennington College, Vermont, author of A Lexicon of Terror: Argentina and the Legacies of Torture
Kirkus Reviews
Argentina-born novelist Borinsky (All Night Movie, 2002, etc.) returns with a collection of arch, opaque stories, ranging from two-and-a-half pages to one line. Presumably set in Buenos Aires, these 88 mini-morality tales caution against trusting either the opposite sex or a country's current ruling junta. In "Love Song," a wife who leaves her husband for a baker is forced to return as her ex's domestic servant when, aided by global economics, the baker goes out of business. Her new husband dies of "the well-known disease . . . after treating an albino canary's infected pimple"-and things only get more obscure from there. In the longest and most conventional story, "The Contest," a woman wins a "Voyage of the Millennium," but kills herself when she learns that she can't take her beloved cats on the trip. The shorter stories are even more overtly puzzling, frequently (but not consistently) disdaining such niceties as capitalization. The narrator of "haven't I seen that face before?" frets over her lover's haste to return home, knowing that his wife will confront him with evidence of the affair, perhaps supplied by the mistress herself. In "a strong hand," the contemptuous description of a man who fails to conform to consumer culture ends with the chilling observation that he'll make an ideal torture victim. "Let's Not Be Selfish" urges older women to dress like teenagers, and vice-versa, in order to take social pressure off both groups. Students of translation will refer frequently to the original Spanish in this dual-language edition to see what interesting liberties have been taken in the facing-page English version. Borinsky (Latin American and Comparative Literature/Boston Univ.), whocollaborated on the translation, argues in her preface that a less literal rendering was necessary to preserve her irony in English. For readers who persevere, rewards lurk beneath the metafictional facade.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780299216009
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date:
02/16/2007
Series:
Americans Series
Edition description:
Spanish/English Bilingual
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Born in Buenos Aires, novelist, poet, and literary critic Alicia Borinsky is professor of Latin American and Comparative Literature and Director of the Writing in the Americas Program at Boston University. In 1996 she received the Latino Literature Award for her novel Sueños del seductor abandonado (translated into English in 1998 as Dreams of the Abandoned Seducer). Her other fiction includes Mina Cruel (1989, translated into English in 1993 as Mean Woman), and Cine continuado (1997, translated into English in 2002 as All Night Movie).

Translator Cola Franzen, with whom Borinsky collaborated on this translation, has won various awards for her work, most recently the 2004 PEN Literary Award and the Gregory Kolovakos Award. She has translated several of Borinsky’s works.

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