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Fiction / Latin America


Golpes bajos / Low Blows
Instantáneas / Snapshots
Alicia Borinsky
Translated by Cola Franzen and the author
Foreword by Michael Wood

The Americas, Ilan Stavans and Irene Vilar, Series Editors

"Golpes bajos / Low Blows is a book of surprises, full of turns of language and imagination that constantly catch us off guard."—Michael Wood, from the foreword

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.

"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."
—Marguerite Feitlowitz, author of A Lexicon of Terror: Argentina and the Legacies of Torture

Alicia Borinsky is a novelist, poet, and literary critic. Born in Buenos Aires, she is now 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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the cover of Golpes bajos is a passionate red, and features a photo of Tango dancers.

March 2007

LC: 2006031484 PQ
224 pp. 6 x 9
Spanish and English

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