Yesterday by Juan Emar: online launch event
Join us for an online launch event on Tuesday June 22nd to celebrate the publication of Juan Emar’s YESTERDAY. Free to register!
About this event
Translator Megan McDowell joins Chilean poet and novelist Alejandro Zambra – author of the introduction to YESTERDAY – in a conversation chaired by writer and lecturer in Latin American literature Carlos Fonseca. The event will also include readings in Spanish and English and an audience Q&A.
Juan Emar (pen name of Álvaro Yáñez Bianchi, 1893-1964) was a Chilean writer, painter and art critic. Active in the 1920s and 1930s, he was associated with Surrealist groups in Santiago and Paris. He published four novels in the 1930s which were largely ignored by critics and readers alike. Undoubtedly ahead of its time, Emar’s work did not receive real appreciation until after his death, when his novels were republished in Spanish to much acclaim.
YESTERDAY is the first of Emar’s works to be published in English. Set over the course of a single day, the novel follows our hero and his adored wife as they journey into the surreal and the absurd, encountering a choir of monkeys and a carnivorous ostrich, travelling from the studio of an artist obsessed with the colour green to the waistcoat pocket of a pot-bellied man.