Destruction of the Lover

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price:  $17.95
isbn:  978-0-9970994-3-0
pages:  108

You neither create nor destroy me, you only transform me. In this exciting addition to the Pleiades Press Series in Translation, Luis Panini’s Destruction of the Lover is a story about love—erotic, tragicomic, devastating love—and its singular capability to redefine who we think we are. Lawrence Schimel’s pitch-perfect translation of this taut series of prose poems captures the distinct vibrancy of Panini’s voice on the page while bringing into vivid relief the nuanced experience of his speaker who is, as Rigoberto González puts it in his introduction, “book-smart but still discovering the shape of his queerness.” Following in the literary tradition of Dante and Petrarch yet wholly modern, Panini reminds us that the path to the beloved unfailingly leads back to the self, but a self made new through suffering, a self transformed.

About Luis Panini & Lawrence Schimel
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Luis Panini (Monterrey, Mexico, 1978) is a writer and architect, now based in Los Angeles. His first book won the Nuevo León Literature Prize in 2008. He is the author of the novels El uranista, La mala hora, Esquirlas, and the Los Cronopolios trilogy, as well as two collections of short stories: Terrible anatómica, Mala fe sensacional, and Función de repulsa.

Lawrence Schimel (translator) is a bilingual poet and translator of poetry, working in and between Spanish and English. His translations of poetry appear regularly in many international magazines and journals, including Modern Poetry in Translation, Writers Without Borders, Latin American Literature Today, PN Review, Pleiades, The Brooklyn Rail, Agenda, Río Grande Review, Structo, etc. Other Mexican poetry collections he’s translated include Dangerous Matter by Gabriela Cantú Westendarp (Literal Publishing), I’d ask you to join me by the Río Bravo to weep but you should know neither tears nor river remain by Jorge Humberto Chávez (Shearsman), Bomarzo by Elsa Cross (Shearsman, forthcoming), and Hamartia by Carmen Boullosa (White Pine Press, forthcoming).