Novels

The Clerk

The Clerk

“To what depths is a man willing to go to hold on to a dream?”

Translation of Guillermo Saccomanno’s El oficinista

Open Letter, 2020

Andrea interviews author Guillermo Saccomanno in Southwest Review of his newest English-language translation, The Clerk.

To read more about The Clerk, or to purchase, please click here.

Featured in SouthWest Magazine as One of the 10 Must-Read Books of 2020!

Daughter

Daughter

“Daughter is, without a doubt, one of the best novels by the best contemporary Argentine writers.”

Translation of Ana María Shua’s Hija

(Literal Press, 2020)

Read a review of Ana María Shua’s Daughter in Andrea’s English translation.

Gesell Dome

Gesell Dome

Excerpts from Guillermo Saccomanno’s Gesell Dome

JewishFiction.net, No. 18, Summer 2016

HEAR WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING ABOUT GESELL DOME:

“Cynical and funny: a yarn worthy of a place alongside Cortázar and Donoso.”
-Kirkus Reviews

 

“Like Twin Peaks reimagined by Roberto Bolaño, Gesell Dome is a teeming microcosm in which voices combine into a rich, engrossing symphony of human depravity.”
– Publisher’s Weekly

 

“(A) bizarro Robert Altman film in book form: hundreds of characters and storylines that paint a portrait of a community, but with events far stranger than anything Altman created (…) Fans of straightforward narratives aren’t the target audience. And because of the novel’s repetitive elements — there’s a lot of adultery, bigotry and murder here — the tension sometimes sags, especially in the book’s midsection. But if you enjoy lyrical depictions of iniquity and a sprinkling of philosophy mixed in with your noir fiction, then you’ll like Gesell Dome.”
– Michael Magras, San Francisco Chronicle

 

“Through a skillful weaving of characters and plotlines, coming together like a completed puzzle, Saccomanno has crafted a monumental novel where individual stories unnerve us while building to the unexpected and explosive finale.”―El Mundo

Winner of the 2013 Dashiell Hammett Prize

Recipient of a PEN/Heim Translation Fund Award

To read a full-length review of Gesell Dome, click HERE

The Rainforest

The Rainforest

Translation of Alicia Steimberg’s La selva

University of Nebraska Press, 2006

Finalist, PEN USA Competition, 2007

Reviews for The Rainforest
Labinger’s melodic translation lyrically enhances Steimberg’s potently symbolic portrait of a woman in transition.” –Booklist

“From Argentine novelist Steimberg . . . comes a poetically written and beautifully translated perspective on personal happiness, solace, and mature love.” –Library Journal

“Steimberg’s eloquent and engrossing tale flows smoothly. . . . Steimberg has created an unforgettable protagonist who captures the sympathies of the reader as she attempts to overcome the tragedies of her life.”–Roberta Gordenstein, MultiCultural Review

“Steimberg’s prose is extraordinary: by turns earthy and ethereal, it is always compelling.” –Tower Light (Towson, MD)

An Empty House

An Empty House

Translation of Carlos Cerda’s Una casa vacía

Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, Fall 2003

The Tenth Circle

The Tenth Circle

Translation of Mempo Giardinelli’s El décimo infierno

Pittsburgh: Latin American Literary Review Press, 2001

Call Me Magdalena

Call Me Magdalena

Translation of Alicia Steimberg’s Cuando digo Magdalena

Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, Fall 2001

Finalist in the PEN USA Literary Competition, 2002

Reviews for Call Me Magdalena
“Labinger’s thoughtful, fluid translation . . . makes available to an English-speaking audience the most important work within the Argentinian author’s fictional oeuvre.” –Shelley Godsland, Bulletin of Hispanic Studies

Clara

Clara

Translation of Luisa Valenzuela’s Hay que sonreír.

Pittsburgh: Latin American Literary Review Press, 2000

Reviews for Clara

“This crisp translation of the first major novel of Argentine writer [Luisa] Valenzuela . . . is raw, sensuous and stylish as a tango.” -Publishers Weekly

“Labinger’s style is agile, savvy and non-intrusive, yet she doesn’t make the reader forget that Valenzuela comes from a reality different [from] ours. It is in large measure thanks to her presence as a translator that this reissued novel, long buried in the stacks, comes alive again so magically.” -Ilan Stavans, Newsday 

To Die in Berlin

To Die in Berlin

Translation of Carlos Cerda’s Morir en Berlín

Pittsburgh: Latin American Literary Review Press, 1999

Reviews for To Die in Berlin
“…Andrea Labinger’s translation is admirably true to the haunting language of the Spanish original.” -Idra Rosenberg, Barnard College 

Bubbeh

Bubbeh

Translation of Sabina Berman’s La bobe

Pittsburgh: Latin American Literary Review Press, 1998

Reviews for Bubbeh
“Andrea Labinger’s rendering of the novel sparkles like the gem in the bubbeh’s molar. Her prose preserves the freshness and immediacy of the young narrator. The translation successfully suggests the personal quirks of many different speakers and rettains the humor of Berman’s novel.” -Lois Barr, Lake Forest College

Short Stories in Anthologies and Journals

Haute Couture

Haute Couture

The story “Haute Couture” …

Translation of G. Saccommano’s “Alta costura

Jewishfiction.net, 10th anniversary issue, No. 25, September 2021

Read an excerpt here

Family Matters

Family Matters

“Family Matters” (“Asuntos de familia”), excerpt from Varda Fiszbein’s Asuntos de familia, at JewishFiction.net

Translation of Varda Fiszbein’s Asuntos de familia

JewishFiction.net, No. 19, September 2017

Murder of a Different Stripe

Murder of a Different Stripe

Excerpt from Alicia Plante’s Murder of a Different Stripe (Una mancha más)

Catamaran, Vol. 4, No. 4, Winter 2016

Meet the Author

Meet the Author

Translation of Ana María Shua’s “Ha llegado un escritor

Catamaran Literary Reader, Vol. 2, No. 2, February 2014

Meet the Author

A Few Days at the Beach

Translation of Ana María Shua’s “Unos días en la playa”

Spolia Magazine, No. 6, Winter 2013

Far from Home

Far from Home

Translation of Varda Fiszbein’s “Lejos de casa”

JewishFiction.net, No. 11, September 2013

Travel Fatigue

Travel Fatigue

Translation of Liliana Heker’s “Maniobras contra el sueño”

Catamaran Literary Reader, Vol.1, No. 2, February 2013

Novellas and Short Story Collections

The Virus of Death

The Virus of Death

How did a Chilean playwright and poet ride out the darkest days of the pandemic? Read my translation of “The Virus of Death”

Translation of Gustavo’s El virus de la muerte

Viceversa Magazine, October 10, 2021

Waiting for the Revolution

Waiting for the Revolution

Gustavo Gac-Artigas takes us on a journey, this time to present-day Havana, and muses on how it’s changed from the Cuba of his memory.

Translation of Gustavo’s Esperando la revolución

Observatorio, Vol. 2 (2020-2021), a publication of the Instituto Cervantes at Harvard University

To read an excerpt click here

The Madwoman Down the Hall

The Madwoman Down the Hall

If you’re in a noir mood – and who isn’t these days? – here’s my translation of Guillermo Saccomanno’s short story “The Madwoman Down the Hall” ( “La loca del fondo”) that’ll make you wonder if you should buy a Mother’s Day card this year.

Translation of a short story by Guillermo Saccomanno

Southwest Review, Vol. 106, No. 1, Spring 2021

To learn more about The Madwoman Down the Hall and to order a copy, please click here

Proceed with Caution: A Novella and Stories

Proceed with Caution: A Novella and Stories

“…an intriguing introduction to Ratto’s unusual fiction.” – Terry Hong

Translation of prose fiction by Patricia Ratto

Schaffner Press, 2021

Reviews

In the tradition of surrealist masters Julio Cortázar and Leonora Carrington, and joining contemporaries Guadalupe Nettel (Bezoar & Other Unsettling Stories) and Samanta Schweblin (Mouthful of Birds), Argentine writer Patricia Ratto’s English language debut collection, Proceed with Caution, offers an alternate reality that is both mysterious and familiar . . . Translated from the Spanish by PEN/Heim award-winner Andrea G. Labinger, Proceed With Caution is a striking collection, brimming with emotion, animal instinct, and a sense of wonder that announces the arrival of a compelling new voice in Latin American literature. – Goodreads

Andrea reads “Rara Avis,” one of the stories in Ratto’s collection, for Jill! Magazine. Watch Andrea’s Reading Here.

Click here to hear author Patricia Ratto discuss her work.

For a fuller discussion of Andrea’s 2021 translations, click here.

To learn more about Proceed with Caution and to order a copy, please click here.

Friends of Mine

Friends of Mine

Translation of Ángela Pradelli’s Amigas mías

Latin American Literary Review/Press, 2012

“Casablanca,” in Casablanca and Other Stories

“Casablanca,” in Casablanca and Other Stories

Co-translated with Donald and Joanne Yates

Michigan State University Press: Fall 2006

Reviews for Casablanca

“These brilliant and haunting stories, superbly translated…will introduce American readers to a contemporary Argentine fiction writer of startling power and subtlety, a writer whose stories it is no overstatement to mention in the same breath with those of Poe and Borges. Prospective readers of this book have a real treat in store.” –John T. Irwin, Decker Professor in the Humanities, Johns Hopkins University

“For the first time in English, the Argentine labyrinths of Edgar Brau…For an Argentine writer, the influence of Borges must be hard to resist, and many of the pages in Casablanca call to mind the epistemological vertigo, that mix of the real and fantastic, so characteristic of the older master. Brau’s stories, though, don’t feel like imitations so much as further explorations of the same geography of the imagination. Most of them are quite haunting.” -Michael Dirda, Washington Post Book World

Finalist, PEN USA Competition, 2007

Poetry

Deseos/Longings/J’Aimerais Tant

Deseos/Longings/J’Aimerais Tant

“. . . con ecos de Mistral, Vallejo y Neruda, Gustavo Gac-Artigas, poeta y escritor chileno, nos entrega esta colección trilingüe de veintinueve poemas.” – David Unger

Translation of poetry by Gustavo Gac-Artigas in collaboration with Priscilla Gac-Artigas and Ada Mondès

Ediciones Nuevo Espacio, 2020

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Non-Fiction

Borges and Mathematics

Borges and Mathematics

Translation of Guillermo Martínez’s Borges y la matemática

Purdue University Press, 2012