Opening Chapters

On Opening Chapters you will find the first chapters of Spanish novels.  It is a showcase for my work as a translator and an opportunity for general readers to dip their toes into a literature with which they may not be familiar.

I am focussing on three main categories:

Galician novels- Galicia is the north western autonomous region of Spain.  Modern and contemporary Galician literature exploded after the nineteenth-century rexurdimento.  From the sharp, satirical edge of Vicente Risco to the magisterial, historical sweep of Otero Pedrayo or the incisive, learned detail of Álvaro Cunqueiro, Galician literature has a coherent national identity.

Spanish novels- I read widely both in Spanish literature and in the literature of South and Central America.  Here you will find opening chapters from some of the great novels of the Spanish tradition from Pérez Galdós to Juan Rulfo.

Spanish Art Theory- The seventeenth-century saw the publication of a wide variety of polemical literature asserting the nobility of the art of painting.  This literature casts a revealing light on the work of the great painters of the Spanish Golden Age.  From Pacheco to Palomino, I shall be posting representative samples of this writing in English.

I run a parallel blog with translations of poetry:

These pages are a free resource for anyone who wants to use them.  If you are interested in contracting my services for translation work, you can see the details of my rates and services at:

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