Monday, March 16, 2015

Ignacio Solares' Short Story "Victoriano's Deliriums" Translated by Yours Truly in the Lampeter Review

This issue #11 of The Lampeter Review includes
a masterful short story by one of Mexico's
greatest writers, Ignacio Solares.
Ignacio Solares
Just out, the new issue of the Lampeter Review on magic realism and Latin America, edited by Tony Kendrew, which includes a masterful short story by one of Mexico's greatest writers, Ignacio Solares, translated by Yours Truly, on page 22. 

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Ignacio Solares' masterful short story "Victoriano's Deliriums," enters into the points of view (and what may or may not be some hallucinations) of the dying general and ex-President of Mexico, Victoriano Huerta.

A little background: In 1913 General Victoriano Huerta led the coup d'etat that overthrew Mexican President Francisco I. Madero. A wealthy Coahuilan businessman and ardent Spiritist, Madero had led the 1910 Revolution, then campaigned for and won the presidential election in 1911. As President, Madero had trusted General Huerta, a fatal mistake. Huerta's own rule was troubled and brief. In 1914 he fled for Europe and then on arriving in El Paso, Texas he was arrested. Huerta died there in early 1916 from cirrhosis of the liver, while under house arrest.

It's funny, literary translators are forever grumbling about the crumbs, if that, of recognition we receive for our work. In this instance, however, I believe I've been given too much of the pudding, plus the whole pitcher of the rum sauce, as on the title page my name appears more prominently than the author's!! Happily, his bio is included in the back, and it reads:

 IGNACIO SOLARES is one of Mexico's best-known literary writers. Among his many works are the novels Un sueño de Bernardo Reyes; Madero, el otro; El Jefe Máximo; and El sitio, which won the prestigious Xavier Villaurrutia Prize. Born in Ciudad Juárez, he now lives in Mexico City where he is editor-in-chief of La Revista de la Universidad, the magazine of the Mexico's National University. 

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