Juan Vidal

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The Lively Linguistical Exuberance Of 'Being Blue'

Sunday, March 16, 2014

The NYRB Classics imprint has reissued William Gass's 1976 raucous philosophical inquiry into the color blue. Reviewer Juan Vidal says it's more an experience to be had than a book to be read.


A Little Knowledge Is 'Definitely Maybe' A Dangerous Thing

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Brothers Boris and Arkady Strugatsky originally published their sci-fi classic Definitely Maybe in 1974. Now, a new translation restores cuts made by Soviet censors to this subversive tale of scientists exploring a reluctant universe. Reviewer Juan Vidal says "you'll laugh, you'll look around suspiciously, you'll throw the text across the room."


Here, Kitty, Kitty: Even Dog Lovers Should Read 'The Guest Cat'

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Japanese author Takashi Hiraide's The Guest Cat has just been released in English; it's a layered novel within a novel, centered on a workaholic couple who become enraptured by their neighbors' playful little cat. Reviewer Juan Vidal says "even dog lovers will relate" to the story.


Rediscovering The Intricate Verse Of Federico Garcia Lorca

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Poet Federico Garcia Lorca's life was cut short during the Spanish Civil War, but he left behind a rich legacy of poetry and drama. Reviewer Juan Vidal says the best poetry in translation to come out this year is a new collection of Lorca's verse, translated by writers who were deeply influenced by him.


In Search Of Identity: Three Of 2013's Best Translated Novels

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Juan Vidal recommends three Latin American masterpieces that were translated this year: a boundary-pushing novella, a noir tale of an assassination plot and a complex exploration of identity and history. There are no noble heroes in these pages — instead, they feature hapless, struggling souls in search of meaning.