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Jorge Luis Borges and the Vindications

A short fiction by Argentine author Jorge Luis Borges  called ‘The Library of Babel’ uses the word ‘vindication’ in such a way that merits further discussion. 603 more words

Literary Analysis

Mea Culpa

There’s a very large book on my book case, not yet slipped into its correct place as I await delivery of more bookshelves to house it and those others that currently sit in the recently read and to-read piles (I find this fitting given a certain passage within this very book). 929 more words


Don Quixote on Writing

I finally finished Don Quixote by reading it in short bits during my lunch breaks at work. The short chapters and episodic plot structure were well-suited to this kind of piecemeal reading, and the story provided an escape from the work day into a lighthearted, faraway fictional world. 612 more words

Discoveries From Learning

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