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Words….trying not to get lost in translation

This is written on the wall of a shop in Oaxaca, Mexico. 

Translation (more or less):

when you love what you are

there is nothing that is unconquerable or unreachable…

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The Family of Pascual Duarte - Camilo Jose Cela

Camilo José Cela (1916-2002) was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1989 but reading his first novel left me with the distinct impression of a second-rate Poe, featuring some of the most gruesomely ludicrous deaths since his idiotic orangutan wandered into the Rue Morgue. 1,533 more words

Book Reviews

Las últimas palabras de un revolucionario

En mi última hora, escribo estas palabras.

Recuerdo la lucha que me llevó a esta desafortunada posición de poder. Yo y 400 soldados, que vagan por las junglas tropicales con artillería limitado. 494 more words

Creative Writing

Ambition, Mystery, and Ardor in Ancient Egypt - José Luis Sampedro's Epic The Old Mermaid

Last June, Numéro Cinq generously featured a translation fragment of a glorious novel that I someday hope to translate in full to English, José Luis Sampedro Saez’s epic of Ancient Egypt,  134 more words

Rare B Sides: The Jealous Extremaduran

[This post is part of a series on literary works that deserve a wider audience.]

[Spoiler Alert: This post contains plot elements from Cervantes’s “The Jealous Extremaduran.” 971 more words

Rare B Sides

Miguel de Cervantes was born on this day

Miguel de Cervantes was born 467 years (assumed) ago today in Alcalá de Henares, near Madrid. Most famous for his comic masterpiece, Don Quixote, Cervantes also wrote… 167 more words

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