VIRTUAL - George Henson and Daniel Saldaña París

Thursday, January 13, 2022 - 7:00pm

Brazos Bookstore and Third Place Books welcome translator George Henson and Mexican writer Daniel Saldaña París discussing Henson's translation of The Love Parade by Sergio Pitol, "one of Mexico’s most culturally complex and composite writers." (Publishers Weekly)

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Following the chance discovery of certain documents, a historian sets out to unravel the mystery of a murder committed in his childhood Mexico City home in the autumn of 1942. Mexico had just declared war on Germany, and its capital had recently become a colorful cauldron of the most unusual and colorful of the European ilk: German communists, Spanish republicans, Trotsky and his disciples, Balkan royalty, agents of the most varied secret services, opulent Jewish financiers, and more.

As the historian-turned-detective begins his investigation, he introduces us to a rich and eccentric gallery of characters, the media of politics, the newly installed intelligentsia, and beyond. Identities are crossed, characters are confounded; Pitol constructs a novel that turns on mistaken identities, blurred memories, and conflicting interests, and whose protagonist is haunted by the ever-looming possibility of never uncovering the truth. At the same time a fast-paced detective investigation and an uproarious comedy of errors, this novel cemented Pitol’s place as one of Latin America’s most important twentieth-century authors. Winner of the Herralde Prize in 1984, The Love Parade is the first installment of what Pitol would later dub his Carnival Triptych.

George Henson is a translator of contemporary Latin American prose and a 2021-2023 Tulsa Artist Fellow. His translations have appeared in many leading journals and magazines, including GrantaThe Paris ReviewWorld Literature TodayLatin American Literature TodayNew England Review, among others. His eight book-length translations include Cervantes laureate Elena Poniatowska's The Heart of the Artichoke, Luis Jorge Boone's The Cannibal Night, Alberto Chimal's The Most Fragile Objects, and Cervantes laureate Sergio Pitol’s The Art of FlightThe JourneyThe Magician of ViennaMephisto’s Waltz: Selected Short Stories, and, most recently, The Love Parade. His current projects include Living Venice, a memoir by Argentine novelist Abel Posse and Taming the Divine Heron, the second volume of Pitol's carnival triptych. George currently teaches Spanish translation at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey.

Daniel Saldaña París is a novelist, essayist, and poet. Author of the novels Among Strange Victims (Coffee House Press, 2016) and Ramifications (Coffee House Press, 2020), he was recently awarded the Eccles Centre & Hay Festival Writers Award in the UK. His collection of personal essays Planes Flying Over a Monster is forthcoming next year. 

The Love Parade Cover Image
By Sergio Pitol, George Henson (Translator)
ISBN: 9781646051137
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Deep Vellum Publishing - January 11th, 2022