Poetry. LGBTQIA Studies. Latino/Latina Studies. Translated from the Spanish by Donald Wellman. In THE VIRGIN MOUNTAIN, the great Uruguayan poet, novelist and essayist, Roberto Echavarren, continues his investigation of twenty-first century modernity, this time in the context of desire and the natural world. Drawing from theorists and philosophers like Michel Foucault and Gilles Deleuze, as well as from his Latin American poetic forebears like Vallejo and Neruda, in this long poem Echavarren mines the depths of a mountain both natural and symbolic, following veins of desire which reside in basic human (and animal) impulses, sex and waste material fused into an erotic materiality from which the language arises. The THE VIRGIN MOUNTAIN represents the highest level of Echavarren's accomplishment, as he continues the explorations of his art and its limits, always subject to violation and experiment. Echavarren, for many years Professor of Comparative Literature at New York University, is the author of more than twenty books of poetry and literary criticism on subjects including Latin American Literature, Surrealism, Neo-Baroque poetry, Russian and other European literatures, poetic and gender theory. He is a co-editor of Medusario: Muestra de Poesía Latinoamericana.
Roberto Echavarren is one of Uruguay's most prolific and renowned writers. Born in Montevideo, his many books of poetry include Centralasia (Ministerio de Cultura of Uruguay Award), El expreso entre el sueño y la vigilia (Nancy Bacelo Foundation Award; US bilingual edition: THE ESPRESSO BETWEEN SLEEP AND WAKEFULNESS), El monte nativo and Performance, género y transgénero, an anthology of his poetry plus interviews and articles by critics about his work. Novels include Ave Rock (edited in Argentina, Uruguay and Spain), El diablo en el pelo (The Devil in the Hair, edited in Uruguay and Argentina), Las aventuras de la negra Lola (The Adventures of Black Lola, edited in Uruguay and Chile), Archipiélago: Tres novelas: El pintor de Creta, El surfista de Bali, El fotógrafo de Manhattan (Penguin Random House 2017), and Las noches rusas (Russian Nights), a chronicle of political and cultural life of Russia in the twentieth century. He has taught for two decades as a Full Professor at New York University. He has also taught at the University of London, at the Instituto Rojas of the University of Buenos Aires, at the University of Chile, and at the University of the Republic in Montevideo.Author City: MONTEVIDEO URU