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A delightful read for any word lover. -- East Bay Express, Nora Sohnen, 25 May 2005
A fine summing-up by the translator who brought...Márquez and Julio Cortázar to the attention of English-speaking readers. -- Kirkus Reviews, 15 February 2005
Aspiring translators, not to mention students of Spanish, will learn more here than in a year of language labs. -- New York Sun, Eric Ormsby, 30 March 2005
Clarity and anecdotes render it engrossing and accessible. -- Library Journal, Nedra Crowe-Evers, 1 May 2005
If translators are the anonymous heroes of contemporary literature, its anonymous superhero is Gregory Rabassa. -- New York Times, William Deresiewicz, 15 May 2005
Rabasa's book is better than memoir; it provides a swift gallop through Latin American literature. -- Cleveland Plain Dealer, Jennifer Gonzales, 26 June 2005
The best Latin American writer in the English language. -- Gabriel García Márquez
The leading US translator of Latin American literature. -- The Boston Globe
[A] wonderful introduction to some of the most brilliant minds of South American and world literature. -- Easy Reader, Bondo Wyszpolski
[The] intriguing memoir of one of the world's best-known translators. -- Deseret Morning News, Dennis Lythgoe, 19 June 2005
Gregory Rabassa was born in Yonkers in 1922. He studied at Dartmouth, and in 1942 he volunteered for the Army, serving in the Office of Strategic Services. When he returned to the US after the war, he received a Ph.D. from Columbia. His English translations of works by such literary giants as Jorge Amado, Julio Cortázar, Mario Vargas Llosa, José Lezama Lima, and Gabriel García Márquez have become classics in their own right. He is presently a Distinguished Professor of Romance Languages and Comparative Literature at Queens College, New York.