Emerging Critics

Writing in Dark Times: Imre Kertész’s Difficult Legacy

Imre Kertész is Hungary’s sole winner of the Nobel Prize for literature

Southern Conversations:
J.M Coetzee in Buenos Aires

'I suspect what Coetzee means by the ‘real south’ will come more clearly into focus when counterposed with its opposite, ‘the mythic South’. This mythic South is an ‘imagined geography’ constructed through metropolitan discourse, like the Orient in the work of Edward Said. It is the locus onto which the North projects its fantasies, the North’s Other.'

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So Much Smoke by Felix Calvino cover

Felix Calvino’s Lost Galicia:
So Much Smoke

'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.'

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The Ash Range by Laurie Duggan cover

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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