The Portable Museum, Issue 1

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An Electronic Journal of Literature in Translation

Published in Summer 2012, our initial offering brings together four stories originally published in Spanish by authors from Europe and Latin America: Álvaro Bisama, Fabio Morábito, Antonio Ortuño, and Enrique Vila-Matas. This collection is available exclusively as an eBook in various formats.

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[T]his journal speaks loudly and with a clarity that should allow it to be heard above many others.
-Martin Macaulay, Sabotage Reviews

About the authors

Álvaro Bisama (Valparaíso, Chile, 1975) is a professor of literature and writer. In 2007, he was chosen for the Bogota 39 list of Latin America´s best young authors.
Interview (English and Spanish):  Interview with Álvaro Bisama at Nuevas Referencias
Interview (Spanish):
 Entrevista al escritor chileno Alvaro Bisama

Fabio Morábito (Alexandria, Egypt, 1955) was born in Egypt to Italian parents and has lived most of his life in Mexico. He is the author of three volumes of poetry and three short story collections. In 2009, he published his first novel, Emilio, Los Chistes y La Muerte.
Interview (English):  The Importance of Style
Interview (Spanish):  Fabio Morabito y los cuentos de grieta de fatiga

Antonio Ortuño (Guadalajara, Mexico, 1976) is the author of two books of short stories and two novels, one of which was a finalist for the prestigious Herralde Prize in 2007. He has been translated into half a dozen languages. In 2010, Granta magazine named him one of the best young authors writing in Spanish.
Article (English): Antonio Ortuno: Granta’s Best of Young Spanish-Language Novelists

Enrique Vila-Matas (Barcelona, Spain, 1948) is one of the most important living European authors. He has been translated into twenty-nine languages and received an array of major international prizes. Three of his novels are currently available in English from New Directions.
Interview (from the Paris Review): Enrique Vila-Matas on ‘Never Any End to Paris’
Article (English): Unraveling Enrique Vila-Matas’s Bartleby & Co. and Montano’s Malady

All the stories in the collection are very good and highlight interesting work.
- Paul Doyle, By the Firelight

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