Monday, February 16, 2009

Midday with Buñuel: Memories and Sketches, 1973-1983 by Claudio Isaac (Translated by Bryan T. Scoular)

I was both charmed and moved by Midday with Buñuel, Mexican filmmaker and writer Claudio Isaac's personal and very poetic recollection of his friendship with his mentor, the Spanish surrealist Luis Buñuel, who died in Mexico City in 1983. I do not have the original Spanish for a comparison, but the English is so vivid and smoothly elegant, I am sure this must be a superb translation. This slender volume, published by the remarkable Swan Isle Press, goes on my top 10 list for 2009, sin duda. More anon.