George Henson
Professor George Henson

Middlebury Institute Professor George Henson translated an essay by Bolivian author Edmundo Paz Soldán, entitled “Strange Times,” about life in Covid 19 quarantine, which was just published in World Literature Today.

Edmundo is a critically acclaimed author, who teaches Latin American literature at Cornell. The essay reflects on his own experiences in these strange times and also offers a sobering critique of “American Exceptionalism.” Henson shares that the essay was originally published on March 30 in La Tercera, one of Chile’s most important newspapers. “I was able to turn it around very quickly with his help and the cooperation of World Literature Today.”

Henson teaches Spanish translation at the Institute. His published translations include Elena Poniatowska’s The Heart of the Artichoke, Sergio Pitol’s Trilogy of Memory, and, most recently, Alberto Chimal’s novella The Most Fragile Objects.

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