I should have died six years ago. On 16 July 1999. That’s what Dr Castro said. A medical doctor. Marisa, my wife, was with me and she stared furiously at the doctor, as if the woman said I had been dead for six years. Perhaps that’s what she actually said, and I misheard her. My mind went blank….
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Translated by Samantha Schnee
Samantha Schnee’s translation of Carmen Boullosa’s Texas: The Great Theft was shortlisted for the 2015 PEN America Translation Prize. She won the 2015 Gulf Coast Prize in Translation for her excerpt of Boullosa’s The Conspiracy of the Romantics, and her translation of Boullosa’s novel The Book of Anna was published by Coffee House Press in 2020.More about the translator →