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Pere Calders, C.A. Jordana and Najat El Hachmi featured in The Massachusetts Review

Literature.  USA,  31/12/2018

The Massachusetts Review, a literary magazine, promotes social justice and equality, along with great art. Committed to aesthetic excellence as well as public engagement, MR publishes literature and art that provokes debate, inspires action, and expands our understanding of the world around us. 

The Fall issue of the prestigious Massachusetts Review features nine translations from Catalan, of which three shrewd fables by Pere Calders, elegantly rendered by Mara Faye Lethem, connect most clearly with the speculative theme of the issue. Currently confronting its own form of dystopia, Catalonia has both a history and a present of resistance; selections from the Civil War journals of C. A. Jordana give us an unforgettable glimpse into this past, and three excerpts from a novel by Najat El Hachmi illuminate life as an immigrant in its troubled present. These two masterful storytellers were brought into English by contributing editor Peter Bush. Together with the magic of Lethem’s Calders, we see how, within a single literary tradition, imagination, history, and identity fuse in a twenty-first-century nation.

In previous issues, The Massachusetts Review had featured other Catalan writers, such Josep Pla, Francesc Serés, and Teresa Solana.



Pere Calders

The Desert

The Streak and the Wish

Conscience Pays a House Call

Translated from Catalan by Mara Faye Lethem

Najat El Hachmi

Novel excerpt from Mother of Milk and Honey

Translated from Catalan by Peter Bush


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