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NWR Issue 99

NWR 100 Preview 5

NWR's landmark hundredth issue publishes a week tomorrow, Sat 25 May. Teaser-taster no. 5; subscribe now to read the full story by securing your copy.

From ‘A Perfect Queen’, Inés Garland, translated by Richard Gwyn, NWR 100:

‘In the bathroom Mama is doing her make-up with the door open. Coming out she smiles at me and one day I will think that it is like watching her on television….. I follow her to the living room where she puts on some music. Dream a little dream of me. I follow her into the kitchen. She talks with Berta. My sisters watch her. I will know when I write this that for my sisters too she seems like a distant queen, this woman in velvet trousers and a glittering polo- neck sweater and long blonde hair that falls down her back.’

Inés Garland is an Argentinian short story writer and novelist. Her novel Una reina perfecta (A Perfect Queen) received an Argentine National Arts Foundation Award. Her writing attracted an international audience with the sale in Germany of Piedra, papel o tijera. ‘A Perfect Queen’ is the first of her stories to be published in the UK.

Richard Gwyn is the author of several volumes of poetry, two novels and a memoir, The Vagabond’s Breakfast (Alcemi) which won the 2012 Wales Book of the Year award, creative nonfiction category. His most recent translation from Castillian is A Complicated Mammal, the poems of Joaquín Giannuzzi, which CB Editions published last summer. Inés Garland appears tomorrow (18 May) at the Fiction Fiesta, Cardiff University

An interview (by Michael Malay) with Richard Gwyn, about his translation of Joaquín Giannuzzi's poetry, appears as exclusive digital content in NWR 100 app version.


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