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Robert Croll and Alicia Borinsky on Hebe Uhart’s Animals

November 2 @ 2:00 pm










Please join us on Tuesday, November 2 at 2PM EST for a virtual conversation between Robert Croll and Alicia Borinsky, hosted by The Center for Latin American Studies at Boston University. They’ll be discussing Hebe Uhart’s collection Animals, translated from the Spanish by Croll. Animals tells of piglets that snack on crackers, parrots that rehearse their words at night, southern screamers that lurk at the front door of a decrepit aunt’s house, and, of course, human animals, whose presence is treated with the same inquisitive sharpness that marks all of Uhart’s work.

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Robert Croll is a writer, translator, and editor originally from Asheville, North Carolina. He graduated from Amherst College in 2016 with a degree in Architectural Studies and Spanish and currently lives and works in Northampton, Massachusetts. As a translator, his focus is on contemporary Latin American literature; he has worked on texts by such authors as Ricardo Piglia, Hebe Uhart, Julio Cortázar, Gustavo Roldán, Javier Sinay, and Juan Carlos Onetti.

Alicia Borinsky is a fiction writer, poet and literary critic who has published extensively in English and Spanish in the United States, Latin America and Europe. Her most recent books are Low Blows/Golpes Bajos (short fictions), Frivolous Women and Other Sinners (poetry), both published bilingually, and One Way Tickets: Writers and the Culture of Exile (literary criticism). Professor Borinsky is the recipient of several awards, including the Latino Literature Prize for Fiction and a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship.  Her research interests include the theory and practice of literary translation, trans-national cultural studies, contemporary gender and literary theory, Latino literature and the legacy of the Latin American avant-garde from Huidobro to Borges and the writers of the “Boom” to the present.

Born in the outskirts of Buenos Aires, Hebe Uhart (1936-2018) is one of Argentina’s most celebrated modern writers. Her Collected Stories won the Buenos Aires Book Fair Prize (2010), and she received Argentina’s National Endowment of the Arts Prize (2015) for her body of work, as well as the Manuel Rojas Ibero-American Narrative Prize (2017). Mariana Enríquez recalls, “Enrique Fogwill once called Uhart Argentina’s greatest writer, a gesture that she found condescending. She felt that she was a very fine writer, but the legitimization from this bold and irate man bothered her. She had no need for it. Hebe Uhart lived intensely.”

Animals is at once tender, bemused, informative, and deeply fun,” wrote Lily Meyer for NPR. “It asks, through sweet, respectful attention, how we might best relate to animals; how we humans, so accustomed to seeing ourselves as nature’s rulers, might adjust our attitudes.”

We look forward to seeing you there!


November 2
2:00 pm


Boston University