Magazine article World Literature Today

Outside the Margins: Literary Commentaries

Magazine article World Literature Today

Outside the Margins: Literary Commentaries

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Robert Bonazzi. Outside the Margins: Literary Commentaries. San Antonio, Texas. Wings Press. 2015. 290 pages.

Outside the Margins: Literary Commentaries offers an in-depth look at the literature of international authors whose writings are "transformational art . . . capable of changing the world." Author and critic Robert Bonazzi has chosen poets who have encountered diverse situations in life (political, social, cultural, etc.) and that have written about these issues from a marginal state, thus creating powerful works of literature that have "crossed real and stylistic borders." The writers who form the collection of Outside the Margins could be considered migrants or emigrants who move within or outside their geographical boundaries, always reimagining new realities and spaces through their literature.

An independent translator, Bonazzi presents to an English-language audience the literary works of such world-renowned writers as Octavio Paz and César Vallejo, as well as Aziz Shihab and Vassar Miller because of their aesthetic and intellectual literary value. Bonazzi, an avid reader of world literature, has himself crossed borders of thought and consciousness because he calls the writers here "the most astonishing in the world. …

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