Before

Before

by Carmen Boullosa, Peter Bush

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Overview

"Carmen Boullosa is, in my opinion, a true master."—Alvaro Mutis

Part bildungsroman, part ghost story, part revenge novel, Before tells the story of a woman who returns to the landscape of her childhood to overcome the fear that held her captive as a girl. This powerful exploration of the path to womanhood and lost innocence won Mexico's two most prestigious literary prizes.

Carmen Boullosa, one of Mexico's leading writers, has published nearly twenty novels. Her most recent novel, Texas: The Great Theft, won the 2014 Typographical Era Translation Award and was shortlisted for the 2015 PEN Translation Award.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781941920299
Publisher: Deep Vellum Publishing
Publication date: 07/11/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 112
File size: 959 KB

About the Author

Carmen Boullosa is one of Mexico's leading novelists, poets, and playwrights. She has published over a dozen novels, two of which were designated the Best Novel Published in Mexico by the prestigious magazine Reforma—her second novel, Before, also won the renowned Xavier Villarutia Prize for Best Mexican Novel; and her novel La otra mano de Lepanto was also selected as one of the Top 100 Novels Published in Spanish in the past 25 years. Her most recent novel, Texas: The Great Theft won the 2014 Typographical Era Translation Award, and was shortlisted for the 2015 PEN Translation Award. Boullosa has received numerous prizes and honors, including a Guggenheim fellowship. Also a poet, playwright, essayist, and cultural critic, Boullosa is a Distinguished Lecturer at City College of New York, and her books have been translated into Italian, Dutch, German, French, Portuguese, Chinese, and Russian.

Peter Bush is an award-winning literary translator of Spanish, Catalan, French, and Portuguese from the UK. A former director of the British Centre for Literary Translation, Peter became a professor of Literary Translation at Middlesex University and later the University of East Anglia.

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Before 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Reading_1000_Lives More than 1 year ago
Before is a perfect example of what makes Deep Vellum Press so invaluable in providing access to English translations of modern world writers. Boullosa's published works spans from poetry through plays to novels, generally focusing on themes of gender and feminism. This novella provides a finely distilled entry into her themes for those who can't fluently read Spanish and/or are hesitant to commit to any one of her seventeen novels published in Mexico. The melancholy tone of Before and its soupçon of the supernatural make it into an eerie auto-bereavement of how a woman started to develop and how the power of others molded her into something else, an entity distinct from what she could have been. Those who appreciate intelligent, atmospheric meditations on these themes of womanhood, family, memory, and mortality shouldn't hesitate to allow Before to speak to them. Full review available at Reading1000Lives.