From 22 September 2018 the password for chapter 5 of my Aura translation has been updated. If you have previously purchased access to chapter 5, and want to continue with your access, leave a comment and I will send you the update.
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Aura – Translation completed
I have now completed the translation of this provocative, and thought-provoking, short story by Carlos Fuentes.
Aura – Chapter 4 complete
I have completed Capitulo IV; only the final chapter remains.
More intriguing by the page, I am beginning to understand the controversy with which this fantastic tale, so rich with suggestion and metaphor, has been associated…
Aura – Chapter 3 complete
Carlos Fuentes’ fabulous tale unfolds…
I’ve added links to my translation of the French phrases, from the General’s journal, as a little extra…
Aura – Chapter 2 complete; Chapter 3 well underway
I have now completed translation of the first & second chapters of Aura by Carlos Fuentes. Chapter 3 is progressing rapidly. How exciting! And the idea of what is to come…
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Aura by Carlos Fuentes newly translated by Lee Braden
I am fortunate enough to have a good friend in Puerto Rico. We first became acquainted several years ago through our mutual appreciation of literature. Over these years, we have shared many interesting discussions on literary works and their authors. Being Puerto Rican, she has been a great resource when questions have arisen regarding the brilliant and intriguing works of the Spanish / Hispanic canon. Among the wonderful writers on whom she has enthused is Carlos Fuentes. I had to admit to being largely ignorant of his work. To help address this lack in my reading, my friend organised for the delivery of a small volume by him. It duly arrived in my letterbox, here in Melbourne. To my surprise (and that of my friend) I discovered that the new book, prefaced with a biographical note and introduction written in scholarly English prose, had its main body of text written in Spanish.
I’m afraid that I can’t claim to be much of a Spanish speaker. Au contraire. However, on reflection, my initial surprise and frustration made way to excited anticipation. After all, what better way to read an author’s work than in the voice in which it was imagined, and then captured? How better to get the feeling of rhyme and metre, of colour and cadence? Here I have been presented with not only an opportunity to enjoy the language of Carlos Fuentes, but to learn a little of it as well.
I am so excited with the prospect of meeting Senor Fuentes…
Here is my own English translation of the Spanish text:
Aura – The translation