That old-fashioned boy, that sepia-coloured boy sitting under the walnut table where they’ve set his brother’s coffin, is called James Matthew Barrie, and he’s six years old, and he’s pretending to hide from a terrible pirate. They won’t find him here, he’s sure of it, hidden by the skir…
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Translated by Natasha Wimmer
Natasha Wimmer translates from the Spanish. Her translations include Roberto Bolaño’s 2666, The Savage Detectives, Antwerp and Between Parentheses and Mario Vargas Llosa’s The Way to Paradise, The Language of Passion and Letters to a Young Novelist. She is currently translating a collection of Bolaño’s essays and will translate his novel The Third Reich.More about the translator →