World Languages Review: La sonrisa de los peces de piedra (Spain)

La sonrisa de los peces de piedra (The Smile of the Stone Fish) by Rosa Huertas (Anaya). This book is written in Spanish and set in Spain. In 2017, it won the XIV Premio Anaya de Literatura Infantil y Juvenil (Anaya Children’s and Young Adult Literary Prize). In 2017, it was included on the Lista … Continue reading World Languages Review: La sonrisa de los peces de piedra (Spain)

World Languages Title Pick: Mejor la ausencia by Edurne Portela (Spain)

Synopsis The novel is set in a town on the industrial outskirts of Bilbao during the 1980s, marked by heroin, unemployment and industrial decline, where the police fight running street battles with local youths, and the walls are covered with threatening slogans. Its narrator, Amaia, is a young child at the start, and progresses through … Continue reading World Languages Title Pick: Mejor la ausencia by Edurne Portela (Spain)

Indie Translation Review: Silent Shadows by Sanz Irles

When I was a good bit younger, I once followed several of my cousins into a lakeside cave. This ragged, rocky opening had only recently become accessible due to drought, so with all the invincibility of the young, we wriggled and shrugged our way in, entirely blind in the darkness. There came a moment when, … Continue reading Indie Translation Review: Silent Shadows by Sanz Irles

Don Quixote de La Mancha: Timeless Message of Hope and Chivalry

Don Quixote de La Mancha is the greatest literary work to come from Spain, the first novel, written by the pen of Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. It is also one of the most translated books in the world. The novel was published in two volumes, the first book published in 1605 and the second in … Continue reading Don Quixote de La Mancha: Timeless Message of Hope and Chivalry

Review: Sephardic Jews and the Spanish Language by Ángel Pulido

Sephardic Jews and the Spanish Language offers an incomparable lens into the transnational exchanges between Spanish politician, Ángel Pulido, and a handful of prominent Spanish Jews across Eastern Europe and Turkey. Pulido's acquaintances, whom he met during his travels in the Balkans, were the descendants of the exiled Spanish Jews of the infamous 1493 Inquisition. … Continue reading Review: Sephardic Jews and the Spanish Language by Ángel Pulido

Excerpt: Silent Shadows by Sanz Irles

Darkness engulfed the mountain plateau and Aníbal Coloma’s restless sleep. In the bleak and hostile night, terror materialized as two distant points of light. A pair of tired but vigilant eyes caught them as they suddenly appeared, little more than pinpricks, emerging faintly in the dark. The moment he spies them, he tenses and stands … Continue reading Excerpt: Silent Shadows by Sanz Irles

Book Review: The Invisible Guardian

  by Kathryn Bodnar The Invisible Guardian by Dolores Redondo; translated from the Spanish by Isabelle Kaufeler; Atria Books 2016 Following in the strong tradition of the Spanish novela negra, The Invisible Guardian is the first of Dolores Redondo’s Baztán trilogy. This crime thriller blends traditional elements of the genre with mythologies and superstitions of … Continue reading Book Review: The Invisible Guardian

Returnings: Poems of Love and Distance by Rafael Alberti

    Reprinted with permission from Returnings: Poems of Love and Distance By Rafael Alberti Translated from Spanish by Carolyn L. Tipton English translation copyright © 2016 by White Pine Press ISBN 1935210912   RETURNING ON A SPRING MORNING With the same uncountable number of waves —wave upon wave—you’ve continually raised from the time of your blue birth, … Continue reading Returnings: Poems of Love and Distance by Rafael Alberti

The Treasure of Barracuda by Llanos Campos

  Reprinted with permission from The Treasure of Barracuda By Llanos Campos, illustrated by Júlia Sardà Translated from Spanish by Lawrence Schimel. English translation Copyright © 2016 by Little Pickle Press, Inc. English edition published by arrangement with Ediciones SM through Sylvia Hayse Literary Agency LLC. All rights reserved. ISBN 1939775140 Excerpt: "Blasted freshwater fishermen! And you … Continue reading The Treasure of Barracuda by Llanos Campos