La tierra permanece – Luis Benítez

Rating: ★★★★ 14/10/18 Generations come and generations go, but the earth remains forever. Ecclesiastes 1:4 * Generación va, y generación viene; mas la tierra siempre permanece. Eclesiastés 1:4 The poet quoted. The earth and good poetry. It’s been awhile since I last read Argentine poetry, let alone a still-breathing national writer since it’s difficult for me … More La tierra permanece – Luis Benítez

Luna de Enfrente: Cuaderno San Martín – Jorge Luis Borges

Rating: ★★★★ 13/16/16 Moon Across the Way (1925) and San Martín Copybook (1929) are the last two books that complete the poetic trilogy Borges had started with Fervor of Buenos Aires (1923). There is a particular, tangible atmosphere that acts as a bond among those three collections, one that goes beyond the lyrical tone and elegance … More Luna de Enfrente: Cuaderno San Martín – Jorge Luis Borges

Carta abierta de un escritor a la Junta Militar – Rodolfo Walsh

Rating: A testimony that can’t be rated. 24/03/17   March 24, 1976. A dictatorship started ruling Argentina; the era of kidnapping and torturing any enemy of the state had begun. Bodies vanishing into thin air. The following year, writer and journalist Rodolfo Walsh sent a letter (Open Letter From a Writer to the Military Junta) … More Carta abierta de un escritor a la Junta Militar – Rodolfo Walsh

Un Signo en tu Sombra – Alejandra Pizarnik

Rating: ★★★ 22/02/17 Buenos Aires, 1955. The romanticism of youth? The sentimental noise, the affectionate supplication. A woman desperately, constantly asking for something, waiting. One’s voice is not enough.  . Buenos Aires, 2017. A poem redolent of untamed ardor made my pride feel awkward. Words from which desperation emanates. No, nothing will be begged.  . Uncertainty … More Un Signo en tu Sombra – Alejandra Pizarnik

Dibaxu – Juan Gelman

Rating: ★★★★ 03/11/16 This is a bilingual Ladino-Castellano poetry collection written by acclaimed Argentine poet Juan Gelman, published in 1994. He decided to call it dibaxu, a Sephardic term that means “under”. The title already conveys the complex universe the reader may find under the veil of a seeming simplicity; a deluge of obstreperous feelings said … More Dibaxu – Juan Gelman

En memoria de Paulina – Adolfo Bioy Casares

Rating: ★★★★ 12/09/16 -Dante: Goodbye, dear master. -Virgil: How come! What about Purgatory? And Paradise? -Dante: For what! He who knew Hell does not have any interest in Purgatory. And regarding Paradise, he already knows it is the absence of hell.  -Dante: Adiós, dulce maestro. -Virgilio: ¡Cómo! ¿Y el Purgatorio? ¿Y el Paraíso? -Dante: ¡Para qué! … More En memoria de Paulina – Adolfo Bioy Casares

Una Suerte Pequeña – Claudia Piñeiro

Rating: ★★★★ 19/09/15 I have always depended upon the kindness of strangers. – Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire (1947) I did not know where I was standing until page sixty-seventy-something of this book called Una Suerte Pequeña (A Little Luck). That usually makes me feel rather uncomfortable. It is not that I want to know … More Una Suerte Pequeña – Claudia Piñeiro

Suicidado: El Asesinato del Fiscal Alberto Nisman – G. M. Bracesco

Rating: ★★★★ 17/07/15 – Vos sabés que en política pasa de todo. You know that, in politics, anything can happen. (69) – La Justicia no podrá devolverle la vida al Fiscal Alberto Nisman. Pero podrá devolvernos la dignidad a todos los argentinos si se atreve, como él se atrevió, a ir en busca de la verdad. Justice … More Suicidado: El Asesinato del Fiscal Alberto Nisman – G. M. Bracesco

La Hija del Campeón – Florencia Etcheves

Rating: ★★★★ 04/01/15 I want you to notice, when I’m not around… – Radiohead, “Creep” …a los golpes entendió que ella formaba parte de la legión de los destrozados. […with punches, she understood that she was part of the legion of the broken] (36)   Timing has never been my thing. Opportunities usually come too early … More La Hija del Campeón – Florencia Etcheves