It’s not that I’ve forgotten his face, more that it changes each day inside my head, like lava from a constantly erupting volcano that cannot settle into a definite shape. One day, a dense fringe of hair covering his forehead is his most prominent feature. On the next, it is his baboon’s snout…
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Translated by Nick Caistor
Nick Caistor is a British translator of more than eighty books from Spanish, French and Portuguese. He lived in Argentina for a number of years, where he was the BBC Latin America analyst. He has translated authors such as Isabel Allende, Roberto Arlt, Mario Benedetti, Julio Cortázar, María Dueñas, Fogwill, Juan Marsé, Eduardo Mendoza, Juan Carlos Onetti and José Saramago. He is a three-time winner of the Premio Valle-Inclán for translation from Spanish.More about the translator →