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Esther Allen
Esther Allen is an essayist and translator from Spanish and French. An associate professor at Baruch College, City University of New York, she directed the work of the PEN/Heim Translation Fund from its founding in 2003 to 2010, and co-founded PEN World Voices: the New York Festival of... show more



Esther Allen is an essayist and translator from Spanish and French. An associate professor at Baruch College, City University of New York, she directed the work of the PEN/Heim Translation Fund from its founding in 2003 to 2010, and co-founded PEN World Voices: the New York Festival of International Literature (2004).A two-time recipient of National Endowment for the Arts Translation Fellowships, she was a Fellow at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library in 2009-2010. The French government has honored her as a Chevalier de l'ordre des arts et des lettres (2006).Personal website: estherallen.com

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M Sarki
M Sarki rated it 6 years ago
Undoubtedly a five-star book but the fact that I only "really liked it" is due to all the historical references that bogged down for me, especially near the end. And that is no fault of the writer, it is I who am the culprit here. History is something I respect and take seriously, but in general it ...
MochaMike
MochaMike rated it 6 years ago
Briefly: they are two short stories, after all. Well, a novella and a short story. But why quibble? My quibble is with the publisher, and this bugs the hell out of me, as prior to this one I’ve loved the New Directions Pearls series. More on that to follow.Fyodor Dostoevsky’s The Crocodile: An Extra...
To Read Is to Fly
To Read Is to Fly rated it 7 years ago
First, I recommending that you read Mike Puma's review, since he provides such a thoughtful and comprehensive picture of this novel. Mike's accomplishment is all the more impressive because of the unique style and approach Marías takes in this novel. Is he writing a memoir or a novel? Is he providin...
MEslaymaker
MEslaymaker rated it 8 years ago
A fierce, fun read, in which every sentence of its 57 entertaining and literary pages is a rush, starting with: “No one knows what it is like to be hunted down without having lived it, and unless the chase was active and constant, carried out with deliberation, determination, dedication, and never...
MEslaymaker
MEslaymaker rated it 8 years ago
A fierce, fun read, in which every sentence of its 57 entertaining and literary pages is a rush, starting with: “No one knows what it is like to be hunted down without having lived it, and unless the chase was active and constant, carried out with deliberation, determination, dedication, and never...
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