Literary Nonfiction. Poetry. Translated from the Spanish by Michelle Gil-Montero. In this book of lyric critical essays, Argentinian poet and critic María Negroni writes about Gothic works—ranging from Horace Walpole's classic novel The Castle of Otranto to Julia Kristeva's Black Sun to James Cameron's film Aliens—and develops an accumulative, absorbing, transnational theory of politics and aesthetics. In the introduction she writes: "I want to share something of that fascinating imaginary, packed with castles and lakes, crypts and laboratories, music boxes and evil gardens, urban ruins and boats like coffins ferrying magnificent dreams. Because in that atmosphere, it is my impression, something crucial materializes: a purely sentimental domain where it is suddenly possible to perceive, under any light, the critical link between childhood and atrocity, art and crime, passion and fear, and the desire for fusion and writing."
María Negroni (b. 1951) is an Argentinian poet, writer, translator and essayist. She is the author of twelve books of poetry, two novels and five collections of essays. Her honors include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation and the Octavio Paz Foundation; she received the Argentinian National Book Award for her collection of poems El viaje de la noche, a PEN Award for best book of poetry in translation (for ISLANDIA), and the Siglo XXI International Prize for Non-Fiction for her book Galería fantástica. Previous work translated into English include ISLANDIA: A POEM and Night Journey, both translated by Ann Twitty, and The Tango Lyrics, MOUTH OF HELL, DARK MUSEUM (which consists of 5 out of the twenty essays of her essay collection Museo Negro, originally published in 1999), and THE ANNUNCIATION, all translated by Michelle Gil-Montero.Author City: BUENOS AIRES ARG