Sunday, February 10, 2008

Juan Carlos Onetti - Let the Wind Speak

Tom Boncza-Tomaszewski reviews Let the Wind Speak (Dejemos hablar al viento),a novel from Uruguayan novelist and short story author Juan Carlos Onetti written in 1979.
Onetti is famous for The Shipyard, published in Uruguay in 1961 – a dark story of how a man tries to save an ailing shipyard and fails ingloriously. Let the Wind Speak was written after the author's exile in Spain and is equally bleak, but without The Shipyard's poetry. It's hard to say what has changed, or even that the fault doesn't lie in the translation, but the writing here is portentous, contorted and very masculine.
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