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MARTIN BOYD, WRITER AND TRANSLATOR

Papalotero (Editorial Ink, 2012)
A Novel
An intercultural love story set in Toronto, Papalotero is a tribute to all those rare individuals who are blissfully courageous enough to devote their lives to doing what they truly love. Teresa Jones’s dreams of flying contrast sharply with her dreary, earthbound life working as a filing-clerk in a CD store. But when she meets Miguel Angel Ramirez, a misfit Mexican immigrant who builds and flies kites for a living, Teresa will be challenged to give up her low self-esteem and Life Sucks t-shirts, and discover that the happiness she thinks is out of her reach might actually be just one small leap of faith away.

 

BOOK TRANSLATIONS

Whirling of the Serpent - Translated by Martin Boyd

The Whirling of the Serpent
José Luis Díaz (Antares, 2009)
With delicate prose and painstaking research, reflection and analysis, José Luis Díaz reveals how the myth of Quetzalcoatl, the plumed serpent of the ancient Mexicans, lives on today. This powerful icon has come to play a significant role in the construction of the Mexican nation, and this book traces the story of the Quetzalcoatl myth from its distant origins up to its most recent artistic, literary and political mutations. The work also compares Quetzalcoatl with other myths from the neighbouring cultures of Peru, Colombia, Brazil and Paraguay, constituting a decisive and fascinating endeavour of recovery and assimilation.

 

Under the Light of my Blood By Jorge Enrique Gonzalez-Pacheco

Bajo la luz de mi sangre/Under the Light of My Blood (Bilingual Edition)
Jorge Enrique González Pacheco (Trafford, 2009)
In his collection Under the Light of my Blood, Jorge Enrique González Pacheco paints a poetic tapestry of powerful and often unsettling images of his life in Cuba, where he was born. The poems express a search for identity, or an interior autobiography chronicling the events from the poet’s birth until his exile.

 

In the Name of the Son By Mario Guillermo Huacuja

In the Name of the Son
Mario Guillermo Huacuja (Trafford, 2009)
Through its examination of the relationship between a single immigrant mother and her son, In the Name of the Son offers a perspective on the lives of Hispanic American migrants, as well as the social, political and economic upheavals that have marked the U.S. and Mexico at the beginning of the 21st Century. Mario Huacuja delivers a fast-paced novel with a cinematic flavor, offering unexpected twists in every scene. It is perhaps no accident that one of the characters turns out to be the silver screen legend himself, Robert De Niro.

 

 

The Neoliberal Pattern of Domination by José Manuel Sánchez Bermúdez

The Neoliberal Pattern of Domination
José Manuel Sánchez Bermúdez (Brill, 2012)
In its current stage of historical development, capital – embodied in a handful of gigantic transnational companies whose representatives battle to consolidate themselves as a global oligarchy – continues to concentrate its economic, political and military power into ever fewer hands. This book offers an analysis of the mechanisms on which capital is based, and identifies signs that the current neoliberal phase of capital domination constitutes the final stage of development of a capital in decline.

 

 

The Minotaur’s Island
Ana P. Jiménez & Héctor J. Pérez (ADS, 2012)
Set on the island of Crete during World War II, a young Australian soldier and a local village girl flee from the invading Nazis and become hopelessly lost in an underground labyrinth. To find their way out, they must decipher the mysterious hieroglyphs on the walls around them. As they do, they begin to unlock one of the world’s greatest secrets, a secret that could change the course of history itself: the secret of the Minotaur

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