New Books from LLILAS in 2010
Posted: April 2, 2010
LLILAS announces the publication in 2010 of two new titles in its Translations from Latin America Series, copublished with the University of Texas Press. The award-winning series was initiated in 1988, the first of its kind to publish translations of important works from Latin America in history and the social sciences.
El Lector: A History of the Cigar Factory Reader by Araceli Tinajero, translated by Judith E. Grasberg, traces the practice of reading aloud as a hard-won right deeply embedded in the culture of cigar factory workers. The tradition still survives today in Cuba, and Tinajero traces its inception there in the nineteenth century and its eventual dissemination to Tampa, Key West, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and Mexico. She uses personal interviews, journals, and newspapers to show how the reading was organized, how the readers and readings were selected, and how the process affected the relationship between the workers and the factory owners. In interviews with present-day and retired readers, Tinajero records testimonies that otherwise would have been lost forever, creating a valuable archive for future historians. For more information and to order the book, visit UT Press.
The story of the founding of Radio Venceremos, Broadcasting the Civil War in El Salvador: A Memoir of Guerrilla Radio by Carlos Henríquez Consalvi (“Santiago”), will be published later this summer. This first-person memoir is translated by Charles Leo Nagle V with A. L. (Bill) Prince and an introduction by Erik Ching. Radio Venceremos was the main news outlet during the 1980s war in El Salvador for the FMLN (Frente Farabundo Martí para la Liberación Nacional), the guerrilla organization challenging the Salvadoran government. The radio broadcast provided a vital link between the fighters in the mountains and the outside world. Santiago gives a riveting account of the early years of the conflict, a rebellion of poor peasants against the government and its U.S. benefactor. Originally published as La Terquedad del Izote, this gripping memoir also tells the broader story of a nationwide rebellion and its international context—the intensifying Cold War and heavy U.S. Involvement in it under President Reagan. For more information on this book, visit UT Press.