It All Began 5 Years Ago

Five years ago, I went to San Antonio, one of my favorite places on Earth, where I joined my publisher Miguel Kimball-Santana, to sign a contract with Elena Poniatowksa for the publication of my translation of The Heart of the Artichoke , the first of now four book-length translations. It is not an overstatement to say that my translation career began there. It is every translator’s dream to translate such an important writer, but to begin one’s career translating one of the great luminaries of Latin American letters, who would go on to win the Cervantes Prize, is more than anyone can hope for. To translate now Sergio Pitol, a friend of Elena, a member of the same generation, and a fellow Cervantes laureate, is like a dream. Where does one go from here? Nobel, I have my sights set on you.

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