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Cultural Cross Sections Alice-Catherine Carls Pachamama / Pichincha / Photo by Scipio Rocío Durán-Barba / Photo by Stephen Carls Rocío Durán-Barba is one of the most important voices of Latin American literature today. The author of more than fifty books in French, Spanish, and many other translations, she writes in a surrealistic vein tethered to history. Fundamentally awake to her surroundings, she fully engages her senses, mind, and spirit in a reading of the present to better guide the future. Whether she questions the identity of Paris, explains the world events of May 1968, or challenges Henri Michaux’s travelogue of Ecuador, she is always awakening her readers’ consciousness. Two of her recent works encourage introspection and dialogue with the cultures of Spanish Latin America in the form of encounters between painters and poets. Neither illustrated poems nor narrated paintings, these encounters are artistic regards croisés. Translation is present as a third art, as the books feature the French and Spanish versions of the poems. A first volume matching twelve Ecuadorian painters with twelve French poets, Regards croisés. Miradas cruzadas. Peintres équatoriens et poètes français, came out in 2016. This desire to make Ecuador better known to the world may have its roots in the devastatingly negative travel impressions noted by Henri Michaux during his trip to Latin America in the late 1930s. Durán-Barba responded to it... Continue reading at 'World Literature Today'

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