In looking forward to the celebration of translator Gregory Rabassa on October 21st, we encourage you to get to know his life and work. A beloved CUNY professor, author, and translator of a staggering number of 20th century Latin American literary masterpieces, Rabassa was hugely influential in bringing Spanish and Portuguese literature to English-language readers. Below are some readings by and on Rabassa selected by event organizer, Esther Allen.

These readings are, by no means, mandatory but will hopefully enrich the context of the event.


Gregory Rabassa, "If This Be Treason: Translation and Its Possibilities," The American Scholar, 1975

Rabassa’s obituary in the NY Times, written by Margalit Fox

Tributes to his work on Words Without Borders and Pen America

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We hope to see you on October 21st!