Editor's Note

  • Marcelo Rioseco
    Difficult, inscrutable, fragile, unhandy at public life, a writer both secret and famous at once and unreachably original, Clarice Lispector’s light still shines from the firmament where the works of...
  • Marcelo Rioseco
    What can be said of poetry that has not been said already? That it is not read; that it is the black sheep of the literary genres; that the poem returns to us our true face, or brings us closer to the...
  • Marcelo Rioseco
    Some believe no good writer will go eternally unpublished. They are probably right. Sooner or later, the readers of the future will end up discovering such writers. The circumstances that come togethe...
  • Elicura Chihuailaf con Marcelo Rioseco
    Literature, like any human activity, is a matter of great passions. Within this field, literary prizes play an important role in the recognition of contemporary literature. For this reason, it is no s...
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    There is no reason to be optimistic. The pandemic numbers grow steadily worse. Many countries seem to still be adrift. Some governments seem peerless in their incompetence; others are not only failure...
  • The Kind Neighbor
    Before it was a reality, the pandemic was a movie. We never paid too much attention to such apocalyptic stories, convinced that fiction lived only in our imagination. Only now do we realize just how w...
  • Marcelo Rioseco
    A few months ago, in this same note, I wrote a few reflections on the limited number of translations into English published in the United States (around three percent of all books published in this co...
  • Marcelo Rioseco
    In a memorable poem titled “El poeta de este mundo” [The poet of this world], Chilean poet Jorge Teillier reminds us of those truths that today—in this postmodern and, paradoxically, ideologized world...
  • Marcelo Rioseco
    “I am not one of those people who finds that every translation is mystically inferior to the original. I have often suspected, or been able to prove, the opposite.” These were the thoughts of Jorge Lu...
  • Marcelo Rioseco
    On a memorable page, the British critic V.S. Pritchett grumbled about the American obsession for reading books about the United States in which facts were taken for a sort of intellectual fetish. This...
  • Venezuela protest
    We present this latest issue of Latin American Literature Today in the midst of a dire humanitarian crisis that is bleeding Venezuela dry. The dictator Nicolás Maduro—recognized as such by the...
  • Marcelo Rioseco
    It is no coincidence that this new issue of Latin American Literature Today is dedicated to the Nicaraguan writer Sergio Ramírez. One of the reasons is literary; a reason that gives us a great...
  • Marcelo Rioseco
    We are living in times of change and uncertainty. In recent months, the entire planet has appeared to be shaken by violent political and cultural transformations, not all of them positive, and some th...
  • Marcelo Rioseco
    Perhaps it is not unreasonable to suggest that Latin American literature has never been less Latin American as in recent times. This is not a new phenomenon, far from it. Literature in general moves l...
  • Marcelo Rioseco
    Along with Parra disappears not only the antipoet, but also a literature in itself; the ingenuity, the humor, and the ease of an artist whose antipoetry was a blow to language itself, to solemnity and...
  • Marcelo Rioseco
    Between the release of this issue and the last, this part of the world seems to have been stricken with every sort of natural disaster. Hurricanes and earthquakes have left regions of the American con...
  • Marcelo Rioseco
    Sometimes it can be illustrative to look at the present from the perspective of the past. It can also be devastating. I’m currently reading the biography of Octavio Paz by Christopher Domínguez Michae...
  • Marcelo Rioseco
    Today, when the second issue of Latin American Literature Today (LALT) is published, nothing will have changed in Venezuela. The political crisis of the Maduro regime has been measurable by dea...

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