Katherine Silver in conversation with Mauro Javier Cárdenas ----EVENT POSTPONED----
Thursday, April 23, 2020, 7:00 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Presented by City Lights Booksellers in conjunction with Archipelago Press and New York Review Books
Katherine Silver in conversation with Mauro Javier Cárdenas
Carlos Onetti meets Julio Ramón Ribeyro in an evening of discussion between a master translator and an award winning novelist
celebrating the release of
A Dream Come True: the Complete Stories of Juan Carlos Onetti
Translated by Katharine Silver
published by Archipelago Press
The Word of the Speechless : Selected Stories
The Peruvian writer Julio Ramón Ribeyro is one of the masters of the short story and a major contributor to the great flourishing of Latin American literature that followed the Second World War. In a letter to an editor, Ribeyro said about his stories, “in most of [them] those who are deprived of words in life find expression— the marginalized, the forgotten, those condemned to an existence without harmony and without voice. I have restored to them the breath they've been denied, and I've allowed them to modulate their own longings, outbursts, and distress.” This is work of deep humanity, imbued with a disorienting lyricism that is Ribeyro's alone. The Word of the Speechless, edited and translated by Katherine Silver, introduces readers to an indispensable and unforgettable voice of Latin American fiction.
Katherine Silver has translated more than thirty books, mostly of literature from the Americas. Her most recent and forthcoming translations include works by María Sonia Cristoff, Julio Ramón Ribeyro, Julio Cortázar, Daniel Sada, Horacio Castellanos Moya, César Aira, and Pedro Lemebel. She has received numerous awards and prizes, including three National Endowment for the Arts translation fellowships.
You can read an interview with Katherine Silver in The Believer
Mauro Javier Cardenas grew up in Guayaquil, Ecuador, and graduated with a degree in Economics from Stanford University. He's the author of The Revolutionaries Try Again (Coffee House Press). In 2016 he received a Joseph Henry Jackson Award and in 2017 the Hay Festival included him in Bogota 39, a selection of the best young Latin American novelists. His interviews and essays on/with László Krasznahorkai, Antonio Lobo Antunes, Javier Marias, Horacio Castellanos Moya, Juan Villoro, and Tatiana Huezo have appeared in Music & Literature, San Francisco Chronicle, BOMB, ZYZZYVA, and The Quarterly Conversation.