BOMB 74 Winter 2001

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Diamela Eltit by Julio Ortega
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Eltit’s novels are radical projects that dispute the public space, the national interpretation and the role of genres under authoritarian conditions. 

Álvaro Mutis by Francisco Goldman
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“I have never believed and have no faith in the intentions of a man who wants to make life better for all men. I think this just leads to concentration camps and Stalinist purges, the Inquisition and all of that horror. I believe that man is a species one should be very suspicious of.”

Carmen Boullosa by Rubén Gallo
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“Like all novelists, I like reality, and I also like to betray reality by correcting its flaws and ultimately reinventing it.”

Gioconda Belli by Kenia Halleck
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Gioconda Belli is one of Nicaragua’s major political and intellectual voices.

Sergio Vega by Nicolás Guagnini
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“I engage in several operations with stereotypes, by reconstructing the historical evolution of a representational figure, and its insertion or revival as colonial discourse. What interests me is the stereotype as a symbolic mode.”

Gunther Gerzso by José Antonio Aldrete-Haas
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For Gerzso, although reason intervenes in the creative process, intuition has the last word, for it synthesizes the known and the felt.

Valeska Soares by Vik Muniz
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“I’m not interested in some kind of monolithic narrative. That’s why I’m fascinated by scents and other ephemeral things; I’m giving people triggers that activate memories and contexts, and they create their own narratives.”

Pedro Meyer by George Moore
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Pedro Meyer is one of the first photographers to swim from the shores of analogue photography to those of the digital world.

Marisa Monte by Arto Lindsay
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In Brazil, Marisa Monte is an overwhelmingly popular singer, famous for being lucky enough to do exactly as she pleases. 

Jesus Alemañy by Ned Sublette
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In June of 1999, my band was scheduled to open for Jesús Alemañy’s group Cubanismo, at Prospect Park’s “Celebrate Brooklyn!” series. Needless to say, like most New York bandleaders, I don’t have an all-the-time working band. 

Artists on Artists
Enrique Chagoya by Robert Greeley

What happens to the collective psyche of a people when the parameters of their country and culture are forcibly shifted?

José Gabriel Fernández by Bill Arning

It seems a tough time to make work about cultural identity, with all the big “identity politics” exhibitions—Masculine MasqueradeBlack MaleMistaken Identities—being studied now as historical perspectives.

Pia Elizondo by Jose Antonio Rodriguez Ramirez
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During the ’90s, a decisive change in Mexican photography occurred: nationalist references, which for so long had identified the exterior of Mexico, were dramatically abandoned by a new generation of photographers.

María Teresa Hincapié by Carolina Ponce de Leon
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Colombian artist María Teresa Hinicapié’s performance work is a spiritual quest that binds art and ritual.

Pull Over! The Art of Yoshua Okon by Mónica de la Torre​
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Anyone living in Mexico City knows that policemen not only epitomize official corruption, but are also noted actors and emitters of unsurpassable oxymorons and redundancies. 

First Proof
The Spy by César Aira

If I were a character in a play, the lack of true privacy would arouse in me feelings of profound mistrust, disquiet, suspicion.

The Founding of Rome by Salvador Elizondo

It would be like making love in reverse. In that universe, passions would be ruled by composure, an irrepressible desire for pain and the abomination of pleasure.

Claustrophobic Me by Pedro Juan Gutiérrez

For years I’ve been trying to get out from under all the shit that’s been dumped on me. 

Crying on the Banks of the Mapocho River by Augusto Monterroso

During the course of long interviews, there always comes a moment of responding to the question of whether one lives from what one writes. 

At Work All Summer by Jose Manuel Prieto

At the river port there were six freight cars carrying sacks of salt, at a hundred rubles per car for unloading them. If you worked by yourself, the hundred rubles were all yours; if you split the work, you got fifty.

Business for the Millennium by Rodrigo Rey Rosa
The Other Book by Luisa Valenzuela

My friend Liliana Heer managed to make a book materialize from the forbidden library. It’s impossible to know where the library is, or how—and when—Liliana managed such an unlikely feat.

Rock Bolero in Collage by Rocky and the Rockers by José Roberto Cea
Three Poems by Tomás Harris

This First Proof contains the poems “Sea of Multiplications,” “Hotel King III,” and “In the Yugo Bar, Cipango.”

Two Poems by José Martí
Two Poems by Olga Orozco
To Cross This Distance by Jaime Saenz
Two Poems by José Asuncíon Silva
Two Poems by Blanca Varela
Letter from the Editor by Betsy Sussler