James Halford

James Halford

is a writer and critic from Brisbane whose stories and essays have been published in Australia, the US, and Latin America.


About James Halford

James Halford is a writer and critic from Brisbane whose stories and essays have been published in Australia, the US, and Latin America. He has studied and worked in Mexico and Argentina for extended periods over the last ten years. He is writing a PhD on Borges at the University of Queensland.


Articles about James Halford

Articles by James Halford

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Felix Calvino’s Lost Galicia

'Galicia is made strange through the English language; Australia is made strange by non-native English and a Galician worldview. In this collection, the teeming social world of the village takes over, threatening to spill beyond the boundaries of the short form. This collection firmly establishes Calvino as an English prose stylist. The influence of Anglophone modernist minimalism is apparent and appropriate. Through absence and implication, the stories register feelings of loss the characters themselves often lack the language to articulate. If, as Rosalía de Castro wrote, to sing of Galicia in the Galician language offers ‘consolation against evil, relief from pain,’ to write of it in English implies something else entirely.'

Such Loneliness in that Gold:
María Kodama on Life After Borges

‘You’re meeting the FIFA of Argentine literature,’ one young Buenos Aires poet said: ‘Watch out she doesn’t sue you.’ María Kodama gave me the best part of three hours of her time, describing her life with Jorge Luis Borges and discussing his work. Her generosity and warmth were at odds with everything I’d ever read or heard about her.

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