Host Publications Announces the Publication of Mario Benedetti’s "Only in the Meantime & Office Poems"

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Host Publications Announces the Publication of Mario Benedetti’s "Only in the Meantime & Office Poems," translated by Harry Morales in a new bilingual eidtion. Benedetti’s extraordinary handling of irony and simplicity alongside his poetry’s unmistakable rhythm make him one of the most brilliant observers of 20th century life.

Host Publications is proud to announce the publication of noted Uruguayan author Mario Benedetti’s "Only in the Meantime & Office Poems" translated by Harry Morales. This unique bilingual volume includes the first English translation of these two dynamic volumes by this literary master.

“Benedetti’s poetry is a brilliant evocation of eternal questions lurking in everyday experiences,” says Joe W. Bratcher, III, president of Host Publications.

Uruguay’s Mario Benedetti has dazzled the literary world as a poet, novelist, essayist, critic, journalist, playwright, songwriter, and screenwriter. This bilingual edition of Only in the Meantime & Office Poems introduces Benedetti’s poetry to the English-speaking audience. Opening as reflections of everyday life in Montevideo, the poetry blossoms into an art which speaks to all people from all walks of life. Benedetti’s extraordinary handling of irony and simplicity alongside his poetry’s unmistakable rhythm make him one of the most brilliant observers of 20th century life.

“Benedetti’s poetry, like that of many of his compeers, has long been overshadowed by his fine prose. This has now been corrected in this superb rendering of "Sólo Mientras Tanto & Poemas de la Oficina" into English," says Gregory Rabassa, noted translator of "Hopscotch" and "One Hundred Years of Solitude."

Mario Benedetti’s vast body of work encompasses every genre and is known worldwide. He has written for magazines, newspapers, and various periodicals and journals in Uruguay, Argentina, and Mexico. In addition, selections of his work are represented in anthologies published in Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, England, Italy, United States, Israel, Venezuela, and Spain. In addition to a full-length study of 20th century Uruguayan literature, he is the author of more than seventy-five books and his work has been translated into twenty-six languages, including Braille. Since 1985, he has lived in Montevideo where he devotes his full time to writing.

Mario Benedetti was born on September 14th, 1920. In addition to his full-length study of 20th century Uruguayan literature, he is the author of more than seventy-five books and his work has been translated into twenty-six languages, including Braille. Since 1985, he has lived in Montevideo, where he devotes his full time to writing.

"Only in the Meantime & Office Poems" [ISBN: 0-924047-32-1, 8½ x 5½ 87 pages, $12.00] is available through Ingram and Baker & Taylor or by calling Host Publications at 512-236-1290.

Harry Morales is a Spanish literary translator whose translations include the work of Mario Benedetti, Reinaldo Arenas, Eugenio María de Hostos, Emir Rodríguez Monegal, Juan Rulfo, Cristina Peri Rossi, Julia de Burgos, and Ilan Stavans, among many other Latin American writers. He is a recipient of a Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry Grant for his translations from the Spanish and has been widely published in numerous anthologies.

Founded in 1987 in Austin, Texas HOST Publications is dedicated to bringing readers the best in international literature and the most exciting writing from the United States. Since its inception, HOST has published works from countries as diverse as Brazil, Chile, Poland, Belgium, Turkey and the United States. From Nobel Prize winners Pablo Neruda and Wislawa Szymborska to renowned Texas writers Dave Oliphant and Christopher Cook, Host Publications presents writers who should be wider known than they are. Under the leadership of Joe W. Bratcher and Elzbieta Szoka, Host has been committed to identifying prominent authors in other countries and publishing them in the United States, many for the first time. Founded in 1987 in Austin, Texas, Host Publications is dedicated to bringing readers the best in international literature and the most exciting writing from the United States. Since its inception, Host has published works from countries as diverse as Brazil, Chile, Poland, Belgium, Turkey and the United States. From Nobel Prize winners Pablo Neruda and Wislawa Szymborska to renowned Texas writers Dave Oliphant and Christopher Cook, Host Publications presents writers who should be wider known than they are. Under the leadership of Joe W. Bratcher and Elzbieta Szoka, Host has been committed to identifying prominent authors in other countries and publishing them in the United States, many for the first time.

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