Essay “Argentina as a land awaiting the undelivered epic” in Berfrois


Link to my essay “Argentina as a Land Expecting the Undelivered Epic” in UK online literary magazine Berfrois! On popular urban myths about similarities between modern-day Greeks and Argentineans, absences in recent Argentinean poetry, and more.

It’s All Argentinian to Arturo Desimone

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Entrevista en “La Maja Desnuda” en la radio de la universidad politécnica de Cataluña


Enlace/ link a la entrevista con Nidia Hernández, periodista cultural venezolana radicada en Boston

https://www.upv.es/rtv/radio/la-maja-desnuda/64902?fbclid=IwAR3CfTKRU9rbjuEUHq5xqv3qT61rAbVwKn7iLoOMsCwVuQaPTczuFmZh8xE

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El Quijote es un ejemplo supremo de libertad, Juan Carlos Onetti


Calle del Orco

He dicho que soy desde la infancia un inveterado y ferviente lector de Cervantes. Todos los novelistas, sea cual sea el idioma en que escribamos, somos deudores de aquel hombre desdichado y de su mejor novela, que es la primera y también la mejor novela que se ha escrito. Una novela en la que todos hemos entrado a saco, durante siglos, y que, a pesar de nosotros y de tan repetida depredación, se mantiene, como el primer día, intocada, misteriosa, transparente y pura.

A pesar de que hay en este recinto muchas personas más cultas y talentosas que yo, y a pesar de provenir, como provengo, de un lejano suburbio de la lengua española, me atreveré a dar una tímida opinión personal sobre uno de los incontables valores de la obra de Cervantes y, en especial, del Quijote.

El planteamiento del libro, su esencial libertad creativa e imaginativa marcan…

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UK book-blogger Jackie Law “the bookhen” reviews “Ouafa and Thawra About a lover from Tunisia”


The first review in English of my book of poems and drawings “Ouafa and Thawra: about a lover from Tunisia” has appeared in the UK literary blog by Jackie Law the Book-hen! Thanks @Neverimitate! Eight or so years after I wrote the book, adapted from travel diaries in 2012-2013. A sole minor “factual error”, the reviewer interprets these poems as occurring over a 5 year timespan, in fact all the poems and drawings, with two exceptions, are from the 2 year period they chronicle but perhaps some verses mention a lustrum. I wrote it long ago and by now forget!

Thus far the other reviews (based on the bilingual edition/Spanish translation La Amada de Túnez,) appear in Argentine and Spanish press, such as by El Niño Rizoma and Julian Axat. This book and “Poems of the Mare Nostrum / Costa Nostra” (publisher Hesterglock Press Bristol) constitute half of the published, tiny fraction of my work in recent years.

Order pages

Bookdepot

https://www.bookdepository.com/Ouafa-Thawra-Arturo-Desimone/9781779064875

Librairie Numérique Africaine

https://librairienumeriqueafricaine.com/en/livrel/ouafa-and-thawra-about-lover-tunisia

Culturethèque

https://www.culturetheque.com/ARG/doc/cyberlibris/frcyb88876338/ouafa-and-thawra-about-a-lover-from-tunisia?_lg=en-us

Waterstones

https://www.waterstones.com/book/ouafa-and-thawra/arturo-desimone/9781779064875

Blackwells

https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/Ouafa-and-Thawra-About-a-Lover-from-Tunisia–Poetry-Drawings-Essay-by-Desimone-Arturo/9781779064875

Clara Beter Ediciones Argentina

https://www.clarabeterediciones.com.ar/poesia-nuestra/la-amada-de-tunez-arturo-desimone

Book Alley California

https://www.bookalley.com/pages/books/mon0000486276/arturo-desimone/ouafa-and-thawra-about-a-lover-from-tunisia-poetry-drawings-essay

Hernández

https://www.libreriahernandez.com/l/la-amada-de-tunez/455065/9789874167354

& most online bookstores in the world, Tell it Slant physical bookstore in Glasgow, Scotland. Villanova University Library (USA)

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Bibliofobia (Nota en El País Digital Argentina)


https://www.elpaisdigital.com.ar/contenido/bibliofobia-y-homerofobia/30650?fbclid=IwAR0hmonr2DGn-jnCWSeuTy7POS5PREu77ShvtwD0QEZYa5sgy95qpPblAxI

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Reverdecer en Túnez


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En lecturas para el verano, Julián Axat escribe sobre la reciente publicación de “La amada de Túnez”, del poeta y dibujante Arturo Desimone (Aruba, 1984), editada por Ediciones Clara Beter (2019), bajo la traducción de Lucas Brockenshire. Cuando el poeta se asimila a la revolución y la hace cuerpo de amor.

Conocí a Arturo Desimone hace ya unos años, en el espacio cultural Haroldo Conti, de la Ex ESMA. Se trataba de una lectura de poesía en la que compartimos mesa. Recuerdo que leyó algo así como la versión en reescritura poética de unos textos de economía política de Marx y Éngels. Su acento era el de un angloparlante con dicción dificultosa del castellano. Traducía mientras leía en voz alta su versión original en inglés, por lo que la lectura era entrecortada, pero sus versos me parecieron geniales.

Este poeta y dibujante, de padre Argentino, pero nacido y criado en…

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Cosmopolitan Shipwrecks video show on DiEMtv Goes Local


Our series of conversations with contemporary thinkers on the future (or lack thereof) of either the Nation-State or “cosmopolitanism”has completed its first series. Interviewees thus far: Ussama Makdisi, Timothy Mitchell, Bruce Alexander, Rituparna Roy, Leila Farsakh, Dimitris Tsafenda, and Nina Power, spoke on a varied array of subjects, from addiction, to censorship, sectarianism to the attempt to found the first Partition Museum in Bengal. My cohosts in this video/radio quarantine-birthed project: Mohammad Khair Nahhas (Beirut) and producer Jon Baird (London)

Mohammad had the initial idea focussing on the issue of the future of the Nation State, which in part seems motivated by a need to grasp the peculiarities of the Lebanese reality, contrasting this to other parts of the world.

Timothy Mitchell interview on his book “Carbon Democracy” on the role played by coal and petroleum in the formation of modern mass democracy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Tc_kVEDcxI&ab_channel=DiEMtvgoeslocal

COSMOPOLITAN SHIPWRECKS – 4/ Alienation, Addiction and Belonging | Prof. Bruce Alexander

“COSMOPOLITAN SHIPWRECKS – 5/ Coexistence, Ecumenism & Middle-East Modernity | Prof. Ussama Makdisi”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ApEvbNyl_U0&t=846s&ab_channel=DiEMtvgoeslocal

COSMOPOLITAN SHIPWRECKS – 3/ Cultural & Historical Continuities in Post-Partition Bengal | Dr R Roy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KxKFMO_z4M&t=516s&ab_channel=DiEMtvgoeslocal

Facebook page with manifesto

https://www.facebook.com/Cosmopolitan-Shipwrecks-102886404925514

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Reseña del libro de poesía edición bilingüe”La Amada de Túnez” en El País Argentina


Por Julián Axat

https://www.elpaisdigital.com.ar/contenido/reverdecer-en-tnez/29988?fbclid=IwAR2RAMKaIvVTlVAu9q4n4rB_yxo0HVFhG9MuCJwEjwzYMYZ44lFtebwQlKI

Sitio para pedir el libro en Argentina https://www.clarabeterediciones.com.ar/poesia-nuestra/la-amada-de-tunez-arturo-desimone

Sitio para pedir el libro en idioma original en Reino Unido UK y África https://www.africanbookscollective.com/books/ouafa-and-thawra-about-a-lover-from-tunisia

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“Buy Arturo a coffee on Ko-Fi”


https://ko-fi.com/arturodesimone0062

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To those interested in classical music or in Argentine music:


I have uploaded a digitalisation of my deceased father Daniel Desimone’s 1968 record, playing a piece attributed to Russian composer Scriabin. It’s on Spotify, Youtube Premium & other services. Daniel studied piano at the same conservatory as Martha Argerich, Bruno Gelber, and Enrique Barenboim, under Vicente Scaramuzza in Buenos Aires, gave concerts at Teatro Colón as a child, and toured within South America as a teenager and young adult. Events compelled him to flee his country in late 1970’s, especially after he witnessed police executions of other musicians. He went to live with my grandfather, Rómulo, then a successful jazz & swing saxophonist working in the Caribbean (in the band of the first hotel opened on Aruba, the Golden Tulip) but Daniel could not continue a classical music profession there in a Caribbean context. This is in no way attempting to vindicate Daniel (since my grandparents were more parental) However, I believe the music should be preserved, and can send you the recording with an emailed link to the online services. (I used a Danish website called “Digital Music Distribution” to this effect) The vinyl appeared with Fermata, the no longer extant record label of Ben Molar (Moshe Brenner) famous for having promoted tango recordings in Argentina. The record got him into a scholarship program for young musicians in Paris for two years, where I believe (but am not sure, have to confirm) that his instructor there may have been Nadia Boulanger. Feel free to contact me if you have either questions, or more information as to the context of this enigmatic music piece from Argentina. My Spanish translation of this text soon on its way here.

arturo.desimone@gmail.com

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