Category Archives : Translation


Confession to Hippocrates of Kos by João Luís Barreto Guimarães, translated by Calvin Olsen

    I’m reminded of that time I treated a carpenter. On the operating table nothing too extraordinary— anyone who saw us working (my colleague and myself) would say the technical dance unfolded in perfection (the fingers on the sick hand so many times mistreated: there were more of them missing than those only halfway […]


Montreal, Zero Hour by Alejandro Saravia, translated by María José Giménez

    “You see,” Carmencita Liang said in English on a February evening in Montreal, drinking Spanish wine in her small apartment near Place-des-Arts metro station, “in China we keep our ancestors’ last name for generations. That’s how we know where we come from. We’re not like you. You only keep your father’s last name […]


The Efficacy of the Light by João Luís Barreto Guimarães, translated by Calvin Olsen

    The cats in Ano Mera if they were religious would be orthodox Christians. They are the first icons to receive us upon entering (one of them more delicate dressed in gray and white: due to so much coat licking she’s almost erased her stripes). Strangers in this monastery we seek out irrationalities lightning […]