January 1, 1970
Suzanne Jill Levine and Jessica Powell at Chaucer’s for a discussion of the art of translation and the enduring allure Adolfo Bioy Casares and Silvina Ocampo!
Join translators, Suzanne Jill Levine and Jessica Powell, for a discussion of their latest work, Adolfo Bioy Casares and Silvina Ocampo’s gripping murder mystery pastiche, Where There’s Love, There’s Hate (Melville House).
In seaside Bosque de Mar, an Argentine seaside resort, guests at the Hotel Central are struck by double misfortune: the mysterious death of one of their party, and an investigation headed by the physician, writer and insufferable busybody, Dr. Humberto Huberman. When the young translator Mary is found dead on the first night of Huberman’s stay, he quickly appoints himself leader of an inquiry that will see blame apportioned in turn to each and every guest–including Mary’s own sister–and culminating in a wild, wind-blown reconnaissance mission to the nearby shipwreck, the Joseph K.
Never before translated into English, Where There’s Love, There’s Hate is an ingenious mashup of the mystery genre, and the only novel co-written by two towering figures of Latin American literature. Famously friends and collaborators of Jorge Luis Borges, husband and wife Bioy Casares and Ocampo combine their gifts to produce a novel that’s captivating, unashamedly erudite and gloriously witty.
We hope you can make it to this conversation on the art of translation and the enduring allure of Bioy Casares and Ocampo’s murder mystery.