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Gregory Rabassa

Gregory Rabassa was born in Yonkers, New York, March 9, 1922. He grew up north of Hanover, NH, graduated from Dartmouth College, Class of 1944, Phi Beta Kappa, and got his MA, and PhD at Columbia University after serving as a U.S. Army, Infantry, Staff Sgt during World War II. One of Latin American literature’s most distinguished translators, Gregory Rabassa translated more than thirty novels from Spanish and Portuguese into English — including works by Jorge Amado, Miguel Angel Asturias, Julio Cortázar, and Mario Vargas Llosa. Most notably, he translated Gabriel García Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude. Among his many... Read More


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Captains of the Sands
Written by Jorge Amado, Translated by Gregory Rabassa, Introduction by Colm Toibin
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | June 2013
$18.00/24.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-310635-7 (0-14-310635-X)

A Brazilian Lord of the Flies, about a group of boys who live by their wits and daring in the slums of Bahia

They call themselves “Captains of the Sands,” a gang of orphans and runaways who live by their wits and daring in the torrid slums and sleazy back alleys of... Read more

The Discovery of America by the Turks
Written by Jorge Amado, Translated by Gregory Rabassa
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | August 2012
$14.00/15.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-310698-2 (0-14-310698-8)

Published here for the first time in English in a brilliant translation by the peerless Gregory Rabassa, The Discovery of America by the Turks is a whimsical Brazilian take on The Taming of the Shrew that will remind readers why Jorge Amado is to Portuguese-American literature what Jorge Luis Borges is... Read more

The Double Death of Quincas Water-Bray
Written by Jorge Amado, Translated by Gregory Rabassa
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | August 2012
$15.00/20.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-310636-4 (0-14-310636-8)

Widely considered the greatest work by the foremost Brazilian author of the twentieth century, The Double Death of Quincas Water-Bray comes to Penguin Classics in a new translation by the dean of Portuguese-language translators, Gregory Rabassa. It tells the story of Joaquim Soares da Cunha, who drops dead after he abandons... Read more

Hopscotch, Blow-Up, We Love Glenda So Much
Written by Julio Cortazar, Translated by Gregory Rabassa and Paul Blackburn, Introduction by Ilan Stavans
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | August 2014
$28.00/37.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-71266-1 (0-375-71266-6)

These three groundbreaking works by Julio Cortázar—a major figure of world literature and one of the founders of the Latin American Boom—are published together in one volume for the first time, in honor of the centenary of his birth.
With his influential “counternovel” HOPSCOTCH and his unforgettable short stories, Cortázar... Read more

Chronicle of a Death Foretold
Written by Gabriel García Márquez, Translated by Gregory Rabassa
Vintage | Trade Paperback | October 2003
$14.00/19.00(Canada) | 978-1-4000-3471-0 (1-4000-3471-X)

A man returns to the town where a baffling murder took place 27 years earlier, determined to get to the bottom of the story. Just hours after marrying the beautiful Angela Vicario, everyone agrees, Bayardo San Roman returned his bride in disgrace to her parents. Her distraught family forced her to... Read more

One Hundred Years of Solitude
Written by Gabriel García Márquez, Translated by Gregory Rabassa, Introduction by Carlos Fuentes
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | October 1995
$26.00/35.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-44465-7 (0-679-44465-3)

The brilliant, bestselling, landmark novel that tells the story of the Buendia family, and chronicles the irreconcilable conflict between the desire for solitude and the need for love—in rich, imaginative prose that has come to define an entire genre known as "magical realism."

(Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)

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Short Stories by Latin American Women
Written by Dora Alonso, Edited by Celia Correas Zapata, Translated by Margaret Sayers Peden and Gregory Rabassa, Foreword by Isabel Allende
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | January 2003
$18.00/24.00(Canada) | 978-0-8129-6707-4 (0-8129-6707-0)

Celia Correas de Zapata, an internationally recognized expert in the field of Latin American fiction written by women, has collected stories by thirty-one authors from fourteen countries, translated into English by such renowned scholars and writers as Gregory Rabassa and Margaret Sayers Peden. Contributors include Dora Alonso, Rosario Ferré, Elena Poniatowska... Read more