PUBLISHED WORKS (writing and translation)

'The Secret Garden' de Frances Hodgson Burnett, traducido al castellano por Isabel del Río Salvador.  Primera edición de 2020.

Publicado por Ediciones Siruela, Madrid

Adquisición en el sitio web de Ediciones Siruela

'Dolorem Ipsum' is a collection of poetry at a time of pain and loss.  A brief text by Cicero has become the basis of all printed books:  a

blueprint, a guiding light, the path to lead us exactly where we need to be.  From what our destiny has become to the mind games we have to play in order to survive; from losing our sense of belonging to the turmoil that this pandemic has created; not forgetting love poems and apocryphal stories to take us through to the next stage, if there ever is one; with a quick succession of 'flatliner' poems and aphoristic triptychs, interspersed with comments on language and a few pieces of advice for these trying times.

All photography by Isabel del Rio.

156 pages

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'Pedir la luna' is a collective book on the subject of translation, published by Enclave in Spain.

 

The book includes sixty-six essays by prominent writers and translators, and describes the power of translation as a process that subverts both the boundaries of the mind and the limits of language.

 

Isabel's essay is both a theoretician's and a practitioner's overview of translation based on her experience as a literary, documentary and technical translator.

444 pages

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Una íntima colección de poemas sobre Nueva York, la ciudad de la perspectiva, donde cualquier cosa puede suceder aunque estemos de paso:  desde la desventura a una noche en la ópera, desde la enajenación a la búsqueda constante de ese punto de fuga que se nos escapa de las manos, desde las narraciones sobre el transcurrir del tiempo a las implacables estaciones del año neoyorquino. 

With photography by Isabel del Rio.

136 pages

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'Vo(i)ces' is a bilingual edition of the winning and shortlisted entries of the Victorina Press Poetry Award 2018, 'Voices-Voces'. The translation of all the poems (into either Spanish or English) included in the book is by Isabel del Rio.

 

119 pages

 

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A poet reminisces about the city of her birth, with stories and memories brought to life from both her past and the city’s past: a city at war; a declaration ending hostilities; the demise of the city’s magnificent art collection; forbidden books and student demonstrations; a breech birth and a funeral cortège; sex as it was, but also as it is not; memorable films and favourite pets; the fear of hell and the promise of heaven; an outdated and ill-fated way of life; words looking to be set to music, or scripted as prose, or moulded into poetry, or adapted to the demands of the times, with idiomatic speech taming our wildest dreams. Thus, a retelling of the past becomes the foretelling of the future.  A book in memory of the 80th anniversary of the end of the Spanish Civil War.

With silvertone photography by Isabel del Rio.

126 pages

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Could it be fiction written like a screenplay? Or is it a screenplay written like fiction?  A dystopian fairy-tale in 10 parts and 77 takes, ‘Dissent’ is the first book of the space opera series 'Planet in Peril', for young adults and adults alike. The book's heroine is an Alice of the future, but her Wonderland is no place to dream.  Her journey of discovery takes her across a bleak dystopian ecosystem, making her challenge what she is and question everything she so desperately wants.

360 pages

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'Ataraxy' is a collection of sonnets on love, death and other fixations. Some are written in despair, others in hope.  Some might make you want to get out and fight, others to throw in the towel.  For we are also made of moments, maniacal and euphoric, or dejected and disheartened. We are all things; and as such, we write about all things.  

 

With photography by Isabel del Rio.

 

154 pages

 

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En un abrir y cerrar de ojos, el joven protagonista de la novela ha pasado a ser un hombre maduro, y lo peor es que no recuerda nada de lo ocurrido durante todos esos años desaparecidos, iniciándose así un viaje de descubrimiento tanto del ser en el que se ha convertido como de ese mundo futuro que no reconoce.  A la vez observación satirica y reflexión sobre el paso del tiempo, la novela anticipa un futuro inminente, tan hostil como aterrador.
 
¡La segunda edición (corregida y aumentada) se ha publicado en junio de 2020! 
 
432 páginas
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'Paradise & Hell' is a collection Twenty-four stories about the inadequacies of Paradise and the anxieties in Hell.  Both have existed alongside each other for so long that it has become difficult to distinguish between the two.  From android love stories to dissections of historical events, from a life lived far too mindfully to the dilemmas pose by working in Hell itself.
 
295 pages

 

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Los 18 relatos de esta colección hablan de la muerte más como sucesión de renuncias que como el último acto de una vida.  Los personajes ven el final implícito en todo lo que hacen, tratando de encontrar refugio en el pensamiento o en el arte o en los juegos de palabras; otros recurren a vivir de espaldas al terrible desenlace soñando con lo eterno y lo inmortal, o amparándose en los mitos, lo paradójico y las identidades imaginarias; y por último, otros más sostienen que, si algo muere, no es más que porque otra cosa nace en su lugar.  Lo que sí tienen en común todos ellos es su ineptitud para vivir con la intensidad que sería deseable, atormentados como están ante lo inevitable de la muerte.

 

208 páginas

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'The Moon at the End of my Street' is a collection of factual and fictional performance poetry.  From the non-existent seas covering the Moon to the landmark events of the future Lunar Republic, from the Spring Moon to the Moon's dark side, from the chrysanthemum Moon to the Moon of horses, from the milk Moon to the moon of awakening, from moonrise to moonset...

With B&W photography by Isabel del Rio.

128 pages

 

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'Zero Negative/Cero Negativo' is a bilingual narrative. The stories are in both English and Spanish, not translations of each other but reflections or versions that are inextricably linked.   The book is an indictment against bloodshed in its many forms: war, torture, capital punishment, murder, martyrdom.

 

The key to the story in English might be found in the story in Spanish, or vice-versa.  Or perhaps the ending of the story in Spanish might contradict the ending of the story in English.  Or does it?  In other words, the two versions complement each other, like the two halves of something that is probably greater than the sum of its parts.  And although sharing an identical origin, each version ultimately tells its unique tale.  Thus, from a common origin are born two stories, each embellished with the symbols and distinctiveness of two languages working together to form a single narrative.  

 

The stories can be read solely in English as a stand-alone collection, or solely in Spanish.  But there is a third reading for all those who know both languages. And that third reading is, as might be expected, the best reading of all because it tells the full story.

 

Published by Araña Editorial, Valencia.

 

244 pages

 

Available to purchase via Araña Editorial

 

Isabel's collection of short stories 'La duda' (The Doubt), published in Colección Andanzas by Tusquets Editores in Barcelona, was shortlisted for two literary awards in Spain ('Nuevos Narrradores' and 'Ícaro').  'La duda y otros apuntes para escribir una colección de relatos' is a metaliterary exercise, assembled from legends, fantasies and memories.  Readers are thus invited to write the stories themselves, with the reader providing the instructions, basic writing materials and plot suggestions.  The result is a collection of short stories, written by both the writer and the reader.

 Isabel's stories have been included in 'The Dedalus Book of Spanish Fantasy' and 'Los cuentos que cuentan'. 

 

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'Ciudad del interior' published by Coda, Madrid.

 

A selection of early poems in Spanish.

Out of print, but available to buy from some merchants.  Check here.

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