The Brooklyn Rail
Thursday May 17, 2012
The Brooklyn Rail has become the go-to source for all things Brooklyn, but it's also known for its innovative and excellent fiction. This event featured contributors as well as a special spotlight on translation. Mario Benedetti's novel La Tregua translated by Harry Morales was featured in the event as well as Raoul Vaneigem's Traite de savoir-vivre a l'usage des jeunes generations retranslated from the French by Donald Nicholson-Smith. The event was hosted by The Brooklyn Rail fiction editor, Donald Breckenridge with readings by Harry Morales, Donald Nicholson-Smith, and Pamela Ryder.
Translator Harry Morales is also the author of the novel The Suit and Skirt Farm (Xlibris, 2002). He has translated the work of the Uruguayan poet and novelist, Mario Benedetti, Eugenio Maria de Hostos, Emir Rodriguez Monegal, Juan Rulfo, Cristina Peri Rossi, Julia de Burgos, Alberto Ruy-Sanchez, and Ilan Stavans, among many others. Mario Benedetti was born on September 14, 1920 in Uruguay. In 1953, he published his first novel, Quien de Nosotros, but it was with the publication of Montevideanos: Cuentos (Stories), in 1959, that the urban concept of his narrative style took shape. With the publication of La Tregua in 1960, Benedetti acquired international pre-eminence. He passed away on May 17, 2009.
Translator Donald Nicholson-Smith is a longtime resident of Brooklyn who has translated Guy Debord, Henri Lefebvre, Guillaume Apollinaire, Raoul Vaneigem and Jean-Patrick Manchette. Raol Vaneigem was born in Lessines, Belgium, in 1934. A leading light in the Situationist International in the 1960s, he is a prolific writer and a relentless critic of late capitalism. His Traite de savoir-vivre a l'usage des jeunes generations, known in English translation as The Revolution of Everyday Life, was written during the Cold War in 1963-65. It is one of two influential books, the other being Guy Debord's The Society of the Spectacle, published by the Situationist International just months before the May 1968 upheavals in France.
Donald Breckenridge is the author of more than a dozen plays as well as the novella Rockaway Wherein (Red Dust, 1998), and the novels 6/2/95 (Spuyten Duyvil, 02), You Are Here (Starcherone, '09) and This Young Girl Passing (Autonomedia, '11). Fiction Editor of The Brooklyn Rail, co-editor of the InTranslation web site and Editor of The Brooklyn Rail Fiction Anthology (Hanging Loose Press, 2006) and Editor of the forthcoming Brooklyn Rail Fiction Anthology 2 (Brooklyn Rail/Black Square Editions, 2012). He is currently at work on his fourth novel.
Pamela Ryder is the author of Correction of Drift: A Novel in Stories about the Lindbergh baby kidnapping, and a new collection, A Tendency to Be Gone.