Notes Toward a Pamphlet

Sergio Chejfec (Author) Whitney Devos (Translator)


Literary Nonfiction. Essay. Translated by Whitney DeVos. Argentine poet Samich moves from the provinces to the outskirts of Buenos Aires and decides to turn his life into a work of art. Fumbling through a world constructed of intuitions and beliefs, he has scant preparation and few firm ideas about how to do this. Nonetheless, he develops a cult following. Fiction writer and essayist Sergio Chejfec offers a series of numbered notes as an outline of Samich's thinking-in-process, investigating the pamphlet form as a "megaphone" for the dissemination of "views" bound by "a situation of existence" of a poet who "aspired to a voice permanently lowered." As if to say: by means of the pamphlet, the biography becomes the work.

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Ugly Duckling Presse
Publish Date
July 01, 2020
4.9 X 0.2 X 7.9 inches | 0.1 pounds
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About the Author

Sergio Chejfec, originally from Argentina, has published numerous works of fiction, poetry, and essays. His novels translated into English: My Two Worlds (Open Letter); The Dark (Open Letter, 2012); The Planets (Open Letter, a finalist for the 2013 Best Translated Book Award), BARONI: A JOURNEY (Almost Island, 2017); and The Incompletes (Open Letter). Some of his short stories and essays in translation can be read at Asymptote, Words Without Borders, Music & Literature, and elsewhere. He currently teaches in the Creative Writing in Spanish Program at NYU.
Whitney DeVos is a writer and translator living in Mexico City, where she is completing a doctoral dissertation on documentary and investigative poetics in the Americas. Her translations have appeared in the Acentos Review and are forthcoming in the Chicago Review.