Tag Archives: Spanish Civil War

Description of the Lie

Donald Wellman on Antonio Gamoneda’s Description of the Lie

Donald Wellman joins me virtually upon the release of his latest translation of Antonio Gamoneda’s Description of the Lie for a conversation about the breakthrough poetic work in post-fascist Spain, from one of the country’s most celebrated contemporary poets. “I’ve been haunted by his voice…The power of the voice is irresistible.” “I am learning from [Gamoneda […]

Emilio Prados’ Jardin cerrado and the Spanish tradition in exile

Reviewed by Lucina Schell, Editor Donald Wellman’s lyrical translation of Emilio Prados’ Jardin cerrado (Enclosed Garden) introduces a major poet of Spain’s Generation of ’27 to English-speaking audiences. By choosing to translate a complete work of the poet, Wellman also gives us the gift of appreciating Prados’ full and complex vision at work in his […]

Black Tulips: The Selected Poems of José María Hinojosa, translated by Mark Statman

Reviewed by Lucina Schell, Editor Continuing on the theme of my last post, it is my pleasure to introduce a major literary recuperation via translation of another poet lost to the Spanish Civil War: José María Hinojosa. A contemporary of Federico García Lorca and other poets of the famed Generation of ’27, Hinojosa aligned himself […]

Soldados de Salamina

“…gane quien gane las guerras, las pierden siempre los poetas” / “…whoever wins wars, poets always lose”: Soldados de Salamina by Javier Cercas

Reviewed by Lucina Schell, Editor In his fascinating novel, Soldados de Salamina (Soldiers of Salamis), Javier Cercas allows his readers to discover the peculiarly symbolic life of the real historical figure Rafael Sanchez Mazas as we follow the journalistic detective work of the novel’s metafictional narrator. The unnamed narrator, a frustrated novelist turned journalist, first […]