War Remnants

Like a Vietcong punji trap, love is easy to fall into but hard to pry your doughy flesh from. The sharpened bamboo smeared with faeces and animal blood, the trip wire strung and waiting for young Americans. They look pretty, she said, like wind chimes. And I suppose I should have read more into that … Continue reading War Remnants

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El ángel caído – Cristina Peri Rossi (Translation and analysis)

The angel hurtled down to earth, exactly as the Russian satellite had, which had been spying on the movements of the American Tenth Fleet when it suddenly lost altitude from its orbit at 950 kilometres above sea level. And exactly like the US satellite that was also spying on the movements of the Russian fleet … Continue reading El ángel caído – Cristina Peri Rossi (Translation and analysis)

Shakespeare and Marlowe: The flouting of magic and genre

The timeless appeal of Shakespeare’s plays may owe their popularity to his apparent lack of interest in maintaining genre. His plays appear to reject the blasé conventions, as reality does more often than not, that plagued his contemporaries as well as the popular film, literature, and theatre of our current era. However, I would argue … Continue reading Shakespeare and Marlowe: The flouting of magic and genre