Launching the Translation of The Unending Journey - July 31, 2020
I am looking forward to launching my first Spanish to English translation on July 31, 2020, at 7 pm. It will be a virtual event, accessible via Zoom and live on Facebook. Just click the Facebook invitation here for details. I will be joined by the author, José Del Pozo, and our publisher, Silvia Alfaro, and the discussion will be moderated by Beatriz Hausner, poet, translator and past president of the Literary Translators' Association of Canada.
The Unending Journey is a novel about exile, which chronicles five decades of Chilean and Canadian history. The main character, Marcos Morales, is a supporter of the progressive policies of President Salvador Allende. After the 1973 coup d’état by General Augusto Pinochet against Allende, Marcos decides to leave Chile for Canada. His wife Gabriela and young daughter Loreto accompany him. In Montreal, he slowly rebuilds his professional life but is plagued by the guilt of not staying in Chile to resist the dictatorship. Together with other Chilean exiles, Marcos and his wife experience in different ways nostalgia for their homeland, political discussions, integration into the new society and questions about national identity. These differences erode their relationship. Their personal story reflects the problems of many who, on changing countries, find themselves confronted with different situations and influences, without always being able to foresee their final destiny.