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Allen, Esther 1962-

Works: 45 works in 145 publications in 2 languages and 7,862 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Biography  History  Biographies  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Romance fiction  Psychological fiction  Historical fiction  Domestic fiction  Short stories 
Roles: Translator, Editor, Author, Artist, Author of afterword, colophon, etc., Contributor
Classifications: PQ7297.C2596, 863.64
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Esther Allen
In translation : translators on their work and what it means by Esther Allen( )

12 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and French and held by 1,055 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of perspectives on translation, this anthology features essays by some of the world's most skillful writers and translators, including Haruki Murakami, Alice Kaplan, Peter Cole, Eliot Weinberger, Forrest Gander, Clare Cavanagh, David Bellos, and Jose Manuel Prieto. Discussing the process and possibilities of their art, they cast translation as a fine balance between scholarly and creative expression. The volume provides guidance on technique and style, while affirming for all readers the cultural, political, and aesthetic relevance of translation. These essays focus on a diverse group of languages, including Japanese, Turkish, Arabic, and Hindi, as well as frequently encountered European languages, such as French, Spanish, Italian, German, Polish, and Russian. Contributors speak on craft, aesthetic choices, theoretical approaches, and the politics of global cultural exchange, touching on the concerns and challenges that currently affect translators working in an era of globalization. Responding to the growing popularity of translation programs, literature in translation, and the increasing need to cultivate versatile practitioners, this anthology serves as a definitive resource for those seeking a modern understanding of the craft
The tale of the rose : the passion that inspired The Little Prince by Consuelo de Saint-Exupéry( Book )

9 editions published between 2000 and 2004 in English and held by 984 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Written on Long Island in a quiet spell of reconciliation, The Little Prince was Antoine's greatest gift to the woman he never stopped loving, the only child to emerge from their union. The Tale of the Rose is Consuelo's reply - the love letter she never could write to her husband - a fable of its own, just as magical, poetic, and tragic as The Little Prince."--Jacket
Dancing with Cuba : a memoir of the revolution by Alma Guillermoprieto( Book )

12 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 922 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Alma Guillermoprieto--an award-winning journalist and arguably our most clear-eyed observer of Latin America--now turns her keen powers of observation onto her own, younger self. In this richly evocative chronicle, Guillermoprieto describes the remarkable, transforming journey she made as a twenty-year-old, when her love of dance--which had led her from her native Mexico to the New York dance studios of Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham, and Twyla Tharp--took her to a job teaching poorly trained but ardent dance students in Cuba. At first unaffected by the revolutionary spirit and the adoration of Castro that pervaded the island, Guillermoprieto slowly fell under the spell of the idealism that buoyed the often destitute lives of the Cuban people. And as she opened herself to what became a complex, galvanizing revolutionary experience, she found, as well, the ideas and ideals that would shape her thinking for the rest of her life. Beautifully written and deeply felt, Dancing with Cuba is a revelatory account of the making of an impassioned political heart and mind.--Publisher description
The book of lamentations by Rosario Castellanos( Book )

5 editions published between 1996 and 1998 in English and held by 838 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Maya uprisings of 1712 and 1868 in Chiapas, Mexico, are transposed in time to the 1930's
José Martí : selected writings by José Martí( Book )

5 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 472 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jose Marti (1853-1895) is the most renowned political and literary figure in the history of Cuba. A poet, essayist, orator, statesman, abolitionist, and the martyred revolutionary leader of Cuba's fight for independence from Spain, Marti lived in exile in New York for most of his adult life, earning his living as a foreign correspondent. Throughout the 1880s and early 1890s, Marti's were the eyes through which much of Latin America saw the United States. His impassioned, kaleidoscopic evocations of that period in U.S. history, the assassination of James Garfield, the opening of the Brooklyn Bridge, the execution of the Chicago anarchists, the lynching of the Italians in New Orleans, and much more, bring it rushing back to life. Organized chronologically, this collection begins with his early writings, including a thundering account of his political imprisonment in Cuba at age sixteen. The middle section focuses on his journalism, which offers an image of the United States in the nineteenth century, its way of life and system of government, that rivals anything written by de Tocqueville, Dickens, Trollope, or any other European commentator. Including generous selections of his poetry and private notebooks, the book concludes with his astonishing, hallucinatory final masterpiece, "War Diaries", never before translated into English
Dark back of time by Javier Marías( Book )

7 editions published between 2001 and 2013 in English and held by 443 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Yet this backwash of All Souls only begins an odyssey into the nature of identity ("We do not know anyone entirely, not even ourselves") and of time. And it is time which Marias manipulates with the flair of Sterne: he weaves together autobiography (the brother who died as a child; the loss of his mother), a legendary kingdom, strange ghostly literary figures, a one-eyed pilot, a curse in Havana, a bullet lost in Mexico. An ironic puzzle, Dark Back of Time explores the powers of art and reality as well as of memories, which become only more mysterious the more Marias remembers."--Jacket
In her absence by Antonio Muñoz Molina( Book )

6 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 371 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

During working hours, Mario is a dutiful bureaucrat, scrupulously earning his paycheck as an employee of the provincial Spanish town where he lives. But when he walks through the door of his apartment, he is transformed into the impassioned lover of Blanca, the beautiful, inscrutable wife he saved from the brink of personal crisis. For the love of Blanca, Mario eats sushi and carpaccio, nods in feigned understanding at experimental films, sits patiently through long conversations with her avant-garde friends, and conceals his disgust at shocking art exhibits. Then, little by little, a strange and ominous threat begins to weigh on the marriage. How can love survive its own disappearance?
Lands of memory by Felisberto Hernández( Book )

4 editions published between 2002 and 2008 in English and held by 342 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a collection of short stories, which revolve around music, including "The New House," "The Crocodile," and "Around the Time of Clemente Colling."
Zama by Antonio Di Benedetto( Book )

4 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 334 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"First published in 1956, Zama is now universally recognized as one of the masterpieces of modern Argentinean and Spanish-language literature. Written in a style that is both precise and sumptuous, Zama takes place in the last decade of the eighteenth century and describes the solitary, suspended existence of Don Diego de Zama, a highly placed servant of the Spanish crown who has been posted to Asunción, the capital of remote Paraguay. Eaten up by pride, lust, petty grudges, and paranoid fantasies, Don Diego does as little as he possibly can while plotting an eventual transfer to Buenos Aires, where everything about his hopeless existence will, he is confident, be miraculously transformed and made good. Don Diego's slow, nightmarish slide into the abyss is not just a tale of one man's perdition but an exploration of existential, and very American, loneliness. Zama's stark, dreamlike prose and spare imagery make every word appear to emerge from an ocean of things left unsaid"--
My phantom husband by Marie Darrieussecq( Book )

2 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 300 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When her husband walks out on her a woman grieves for their lost love, blaming herself for not being a good wife. Question is how will she react if after all this grieving he should return? By a French writer, author of Pig Tales
Encyclopedia of a life in Russia by José Manuel Prieto González( Book )

5 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 275 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Encyclopedia of a Life in Russia, acclaimed author JosE Manuel Prieto has masterfully crafted a kaleidoscopic portrait of post-Communist Russia. Strikingly poetic and cleverly humorous, it's the story of two misfits caught between old world traditions and the lure of contemporary Western influences as they set off on an adventure to immerse themselves in the beauty of the world. Thelonius Monk (not his real name) and Linda Evangelista (not her real name) meet in Saint Petersburg after the Soviet Union's collapse in 1991. They journey to Yalta, where Thelonius promises to make Linda famous in the fashion magazines. But in fact, he's drafting a novel about her. Over the course of their travels, the two indulge in all sorts of sensual amusements'extravagant dinners, luxury automobiles, seaside hotels'while they engage in grand discussions of love, art, celebrity, and other existential polarities. Alphabetically organized from Abacus to Zizi, this book defies chronology and conformity. Finding the sublime in the trivial through meditations on wildly varied subjects of fact and fancy'from Bach and Dostoyevsky to Italian alligator shoes and fluoride toothpaste'Prieto ardently explores the crossroads of literature, philosophy, history, and pop culture in this singular novel that captures a nation straddling custom and innovation
Rex : a novel by José Manuel Prieto González( Book )

3 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 266 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Proust-worshipping narrator falls into the dangerous world of the Russian mob in this novel run amok by the author of Nocturnal Butterflies of the Russian Empire
The Nubian prince : a novel by Juan Bonilla( Book )

2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 252 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A comic odyssey of a hapless hero ensnared by globalization, humanitarian aid, and the international sex trade, this story takes place in a pitiless world where the have-nots will do anything to become haves, while the privileged don't know what to live for. Moises Froissard has found the career opportunity of his dreams. After a start with an idealistic humanitarian aid group, he quickly wises up to the harsh reality of a world in which human life is just another product in a competitive marketplace. Now he travels the globe on the trail of illegal immigrants, refugees, and other ordinary souls brought low by war, natural disaster, or economic collapse. Scouting the slums and gutters of the world, Moises's task is to unearth nature's most beautiful men, women, and children and save them--for a top-price international sex club.--From publisher description
Slander = Calomnies by Linda Lê( Book )

4 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and Undetermined and held by 231 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Vietnamese woman in France discovers she is the product of an extra-marital affair by her mother. The novel describes her mixed-up attempt to come to terms with this
The good cripple by Rodrigo Rey Rosa( Book )

2 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 155 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A young man, Juan Luis Luna, is abducted in Guatemala City and held at the bottom of a rusty, empty underground fuel tank in an abandoned gas station. The kidnappers demand a ransom; his rich father does not reply. The criminals threaten to cut off his son's foot and still hear nothing. They then slice off one of Juan Luis's toes and send it to his father, who still refuses to act. So the next day ..."--Jacket
As you were saying : American writers respond to their French contemporaries( Book )

4 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 152 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The total library : non-fiction 1922-1986 by Jorge Luis Borges( Book )

3 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 121 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Though best known in the English speaking world for his short fictions and poems, Borges is revered in Latin America equally as an immensely prolific and beguiling writer of non-fiction prose. In The Total Library, more than 150 of Borges' most brilliant pieces are brought together for the first time in one volume - all in superb new translations. More than a hundred of the pieces have never previously been published in English. The Total Library presents Borges at once as a deceptively self-effacing guide to the universe and as the inventor of a universe that is an indispensible guide to Borges."--Publisher description
The man between : Michael Henry Heim & a life in translation( Book )

4 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 102 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"An inside look at Michael Henry Heim—one of the most prolific and culturally important translators ever"--Provided by publisher
Bad nature, or With Elvis in Mexico by Javier Marías( Book )

4 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 90 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A boiled-down gem of a Marías story about how Elvis (in Acapulco to film a movie) and his hard-drinking entourage abandon their interpreter in a seedy cantina full of enraged criminals after insults start to fly. When the local kingpin demands to be told what the Americans are saying, Elvis himself delivers an even more stinging parting shot - and who has to translate that?"--Publisher's website
Two crocodiles( Book )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 54 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The tale of the rose : the passion that inspired The Little Prince
Dancing with Cuba : a memoir of the revolutionThe book of lamentationsJosé Martí : selected writingsDark back of timeIn her absenceLands of memoryMy phantom husbandRex : a novel
Alternative Names
Эстер Аллен

إستر ألين

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