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"Nothing is good save the new… If anything of moment results—so much the better. And so much the more likely will it be that no one will want to see it."
- William Carlos Williams


"English literature lives on translation, it is fed by translations, every new exuberance, every new heave is stimulated by translations, every allegedly great age is an age of translations, beginning with Geoffrey Chaucer."
- Ezra Pound


"Writing is difficult and 'strange,' insofar as its vision of reality is unlike our vision of reality. Some writing is so remote from us that it cannot be read at all—it repels us, or, on the contrary, seduces us. We pretend that this writing is the manifestation of a private vision, that it 'sees' a world, a reality, wholly different from our own. Nothing could be further from the truth. We sequester this writing, we call it exotic, or weird, or skewed, because otherwise we would be faced with the intolerable proposition that the reality such writing offers is, indeed, our own, but that we cannot, though we live in the middle of it, recognize it."
- Gilbert Sorrentino


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In the news . . .

The Complete Review gives an "A" to Georges Perec's "The Machine," included in the latest Review of Contemporary Fiction . . .

Nicholas Mosley in the Guardian . . . See also this interview in Standpoint . . .

We haven't officially announced our Fall 2009 list yet (we're still publishing our Spring 2009 list), but already the first title on it is getting attention, Momus's The Book of Jokes. Read about it in Interview and Dossier . . .

New Pages has a review of our most recent contribution to the literary translation discussion: Translation in Practice: a symposium . . .

Our revised edition/new translation of Juan Goytisolo's Juan the Landless reviewed at Front Table . . .

New reviews of Toussaint's Camera at Dossier and Feminist Review . . .

The latest review of  Michal Ajvaz's The Other City is here . . . see also Omnivoracious . . . and also Salonica . . . see also A Journey Round My Skull and Publishers Weekly's review ("truly weird and compelling") . . .

Best of Contemporary Mexican Fiction is starting to make the summer reading lists . . . see also the L.A. Times blog . . . and reviews at Readysteadybook . . . see also the San Diego Tribune, Tucson Weekly, Quarterly Conversation, Amazon.com's OminvoraciousCarpe Libris, and in the Latin American Review of Books . . . and see additional reviews and praise here and here and here and here . . . 

Bernard Share's Transit is also making summer reading lists . . . see also in the Independent . . . see also the Irish Independent and the L.A. Times reviews . . . 

The latest review of Damion Searls' What We Were Doing and Where We Were Going is at The Rumpus . . . see also the Los Angeles Times . . . see also the interview at at Omnivoracious . . . the book was "Book of the Day" at Time Out New York . . . See also reviews The Brooklyn Rail and Hobart and BookFox . . . 

At Tarpaulin Sky, new looks at Stanley Crawford's Log of the S.S. the Mrs. Unguentine and Micheline Aharonian Marcom's The Mirror in the Well . . .

One of Dalkey's own discusses Georges Perec at the NBCC's blog Critical Mass . . . And the new RCF issue on Perec has just come out, just in time for Godine's newly revised edition of Life a User's Manual . . .

A nice article about us in the Chicago Tribune . . .

A smart review of Celine's Normance in the New Statesman . . .

OULIPO featuring Jacques Roubaud on Bookworm June 4 . . . 

Dragomoshchenko in the new International Literary Quarterly . . . Michalopoulou interviewed in the new Quarterly Conversation, also a review of I'd Like . . .

Scotland on Sunday looks forward to Juan Filloy's Op Oloop . . .

Lyn Hejinian on Gertrude Stein's Lucy Church Amiably . . .

A first look at Gerard Gavarry's Hoppla 1 2 3! . . .

The latest review of Fernando del Paso's News from the Empire is in The Nation . . . See also the Los Angeles Times . . . We've already sold out of the first printing, but second printing is on its way . . .

Nicholas Mosley interviewed at the New Statesman on the recent release of his novel God's Hazard and his nonfiction book Paradoxes of Peace . . .

Rikki Ducornet's The One Marvelous Thing at Omnivoracious . . .

Dalkey Archive announces winners of 2009 fellowships in Applied Translation . . . 

Complete Review offers a first look at Mati Unt's Brecht at Night, due out in July . . . 

Best of Contemporary Mexican Fiction contributor Alvaro Enrigue is interviewed on NY1 (Spanish-language television) about our anthology . . .

Sandra Kalniete's With Dance Shoes in Siberian Snows reviewed at Lively Arts . . .

The latest review of Burton Pike's new translation of Rilke's The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge is at Rain Taxi . . . see also reviews in The Nation and O, the Oprah Magazine . . .

Dalkey Archive is moving to Norton! . . . Read about it in Publishers Weekly and at Conversational Reading . . .

From the PEN World Voices Festival: Read Paul Verhaeghen's "In Walks the Translator" from our panel "Writers who are Translators" . . . and here are photos from our presentation of Best of Contemporary Mexican Fiction, featuring Alvaro Enrigue, Daniel Sada, Olivia Sears, Dick Cluster, and Martin Riker . . . 

Antonio Lobo Antunes' Knowledge of Hell featured in the New Yorker . . .

Complete Review's M.A. Orthofer offers a first (very good) look at the terrifically unusual Juan Filloy's wonderful Op Oloop, due out in August . . . More on Filloy (Argentinian lawyer, boxing ref, caricaturist, palindromist, decagenarian) here . . .

3AM magazine has this glowing early review for Normance, the last of Celine's novels to be translated into English, due out in May . . . see also the Publishers Weekly feature . . .

C.S. Giscombe featured in SF Chronicle's review of the newest Norton poetry anthology . . .

The latest on Jacques Roubaud . . . see also Dennis Cooper . . . and here is Charles Bernstein on Roubaud's recent NYC readings from his newly translated The Loop . . . and here is Dan Visel on the same . . . and at Front Table, one of Dalkey's own chimes in . . .

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Distant Relations, Carlos Fuentes

My friend’s pallor was not unusual. With the passing of the years his skin had become fused to his facial bones and his gesturing, slender hands had become translucent.

I had seen him shortly after his return from Mexico, which seemed to have somewhat dissipated his resemblance to a civilized phantom. Sun had given him density, fleshly presence. I almost didn’t recognize him.

The return of his habitual pallor should have made him look entirely familiar, but there was something about his manner. When I saw him alone at his table in the club dining room, I walked over to greet him and to suggest we have lunch together.

“Only if you join me here,” he said, glancing toward the other tables, some distance from his.

His eyes were lost in depths far more profound than that of the vast shadowy dining room. The preferred tables, placed beside a large balcony overlooking the Place de la Concorde, escape the gloom. As these are the best in the club, it is only natural that they be allotted to the senior members. I accepted his invitation for what it was, a courtesy to a younger friend.

“I haven’t seen you since you returned from your trip,” I said.

He continued studying his menu as if hadn’t heard me. He was leaning for...