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Sun December 8, 2019

Book Launch for Silvina Ocampo's novel, The Promise + Forgotten Journey

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The translators, Suzanne Jill Levine, Jessica Powell, and Katie Lateef-Jan, are available for interview to discuss the unheralded, impossibly beautiful, and brilliant work of Silvina Ocampo (1903-1993), a central figure of Argentine literary circles. During her lifetime, Ocampo shunned the public and was overshadowed by famed family members, as well as her close friend Jorge Luis Borges, who knew how exquisite her work was, exclaiming that "her stories have no equal in our literature." Short biographical essays about Ocampo were just published on LitHub and the Paris Review. (A story from Forgotten Journey was recently excerpted in the New Yorker.)

Forgotten Journey, originally published in 1937, is Ocampo's first book, while The Promise, her only novel, was posthumously published in 2011. Ocampo's uncanny way of writing about domestic life, and her mystical take on the everyday puts her on par with the very best writers coming out of Latin America at the time.

The Promise was just chosen a Best Book of the Year by Kirkus Reviews, praised by NPR, and will be reviewed in the New York Review of Books. John Freeman, executive editor of LitHub says, "These two newly translated books could make her a rediscovery on par with Clarice Lispector. Lusciously strange, uncompromising, yet balanced and precise, there has never been another voice like hers." Argentine novelist Mariana EnrĂ­quez declares, "The world is ready for her blend of insane Angela Carter with the originality of Clarice Lispector."
The translators, Suzanne Jill Levine, Jessica Powell, and Katie Lateef-Jan, are available for interview to discuss the unheralded, impossibly beautiful, and brilliant work of Silvina Ocampo (1903-1993), a central figure of Argentine literary circles. During her lifetime, Ocampo s...
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