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Euridice Gusmao

Euridice Gusmao can turn her hand to absolutely anything, and very quickly become quite brilliant at it. But because she’s a woman in 1940s Rio, very few people see it that way. So things don’t turn out quite as they

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Chronicle of the Murdered House

It takes a gay writer to bring a Catholic country back to its sense of love and sin, good and evil, and moral justice. The road is very long, but the actual miles travelled are very few, as almost all

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The House in Smyrna

The key to The House in Smyrna is in Rio. Her grandfather brought it with him on the boat when he emigrated from Turkey. His granddaughter was born in Portugal, and is travelling all the way back, to see if it still

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A prickly translation: The hour of the star

“I write because I’m desperate and I’m tired, I can no longer bear the routine of being me and if not for the always novelty that is writing, I would die symbolically every day. But I am prepared to slip

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Rilke Shake

Two! Brazilian women in English translation on the ALTA national translation award long list. Is it the Olympic effect? Clarice Lispector is a heavyweight contender, but here’s something new, featherlight and deft from the south. It probably weighs less than

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Clarice: Kafkaesque witchcraft from Rio

“Be careful with Clarice,” the writer’s friend warned a reader. “It’s not literature, it’s witchcraft.” Clarice Lispector was born not so very far away from Kafka and Schulz, and you can tell. That particular magically impossible way of weaving a

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Posted in books, short stories, translation, Women in Translation Month
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