Articles by Adrian West

Na túa boca: On Translating Elvira Riveiro Tobío

July 28, 2014

Imagine a Venn diagram: one circle represents the group of people who translate from Spanish. The other stands for those married to speakers of one of Spain’s minority languages. In the center—known as a mandorla or vesica piscis, for the benefit of fancy word lovers like myself—fall…...read more »

Articles by Adrian West

New in Spanish: Germán Sierra’s “Standards”

April 2, 2014

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When Pálido Fuego, the publisher that has worked to bring such voices as Mark Leyner and Lars Iyers to audiences in Spain, decided to publish its first book from within that country’s borders, Germán Sierra’s fourth novel Standards was a fitting choice. Sierra is a representative…...read more »

Articles by Adrian West

The Espadrilles of Benuaventura Durruti:  On Translating “The Art of Flying”

February 20, 2013

Fairly early in Antonio Altarriba's The Art of Flying, the protagonist, the author’s father, deserts his post in the Nationalist Spanish army and crawls across the battle lines, where he is apprehended by a band of soldiers fighting for the Republic.  Dropping to his knees and declaring…...read more »