Golpes bajos / Low Blows: Instantáneas / Snapshots

Hardcover | February 13, 2007

byAlicia BorinskyTranslated byCola FranzenForeword byMichael Wood

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     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.
 
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     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 f...

Born in Buenos Aires, novelist, poet, and literary critic Alicia Borinsky is 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 D...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:216 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.7 inPublished:February 13, 2007Publisher:University Of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0299216004

ISBN - 13:9780299216009

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“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. Each of the voices (and there are scores) has its own palpable history; we feel it, even when its detailed particulars are withheld.”—Marguerite Feitlowitz, Bennington College, Vermont, author of A Lexicon of Terror: Argentina and the Legacies of Torture