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Thomas Bunstead

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Thomas Bunstead

Thomas Bunstead has translated some of the leading Spanish-language writers working today, including Agustín Fernández Mallo, María Gainza and Enrique Vila-Matas, and is twice a winner of PEN Translates Awards. His own writing has appeared in publications such as Brixton Review of Books, LitHub and The Paris Review. He is a 2020-2022 Royal Literary Fellow, teaching at Swansea University.

Articles by Thomas Bunstead

The Savage Editors
By Agustín Goenaga
You have to be a savage to play this role. It’s essential.
Translated from Spanish by Thomas Bunstead
Mexico Interrupted
By Thomas Bunstead & Sophie Hughes
There’s an obvious irony in trying to promote diverse Mexican literatures by means of a handful of texts.
Young Aurora and the Captive Child
By Dante Liano
Every time I go back to Guatemala City I make a stop at Avenida Bolívar, the capital's main thoroughfare, with all the reverence of a mourner at a cemetery. The ravenous traffic, and the…
Translated from Spanish by Thomas Bunstead
Multilingual
The Last Day on Earth
By Juan Eduardo Zúñiga
There seemed to be no one left in the barrio now and the windows were bare and the wind stirred through gates and the rats crossed noiseless rooms and the smell of the honeysuckle was fading. At night…
Translated from Spanish by Thomas Bunstead
Multilingual
The Damage Done
By Thomas Bunstead
Basque writer Willy Uribe is now into his twelfth day of a hunger strike in protest against the incarceration of reformed heroin addict David Reboredo. This is the latest in a number of cases demonstrating…
from “Nanga”
By Willy Uribe
The day always began before dawn in Lasma. The fishermen preparing the bait and the seasonal coconut pickers making their way to the plantation. I'd hear the latter singing as they came past my hut—it…
Translated from Spanish by Thomas Bunstead
The Heart’s Secret Moves
By Yuri Herrera
It happened on a Wednesday, this tale of enlightenment. Tuesdays Pedro was The Heart, which meant cracking heads. He was a Lightweight, and a real brawler. Wore a red mask and had a red, triangular kaboom…
Translated from Spanish by Thomas Bunstead
Multilingual
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