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London celebrates the new translation of Rubén Darío’s poetry by Hispanic Feinstein

The bilingual poetry recital, organized by Instituto Cervantes in London, was supported by the Embassy of Nicaragua and the presence of Spanish-American ambassadors

Instituto Cervantes in London organised a poetry reading of the work of Nicaraguan poet Rubén Darío by the renowned hispanist Adam Feinstein, in an event that was also the pre-launch for his new book, “Found in Translation: New Versions of Rubén Darío”. The event was supported by the Embassy of Nicaragua.

The conference was attended by the Ambassador of Nicaragua in the United Kingdom, Guisell Morales Echaverry; the director of Instituto Cervantes in London, Ignacio Peyró; actress María Estévez-Serrano, who recited Darío’s verses in Spanish; as well as the ambassador of Cuba in the United Kingdom, Teresita de Jesus Vicente Sotolongo; and the Guatemalan ambassador to the United Kingdom, Acisclo Valladares Molina.

Morales Echaverry thanked Feinstein’s work and effort to bring Darío’s work into the language of Shakespeare. Furthermore, the director of Instituto Cervantes in London highlighted Darío as one of the most important poets of Spanish language. He also celebrated Feinstein’s “great” work in “translating his [Dario’s] unique rhythm and language.»


Along the same lines, Feinstein highlighted the importance of the Nicaraguan poet and read a selection of his poems’ translations into English. His new work will be a bilingual edition of different works of poetry from all stages of Darío’s life, which will be published in Nicaragua and the United Kingdom in early 2020. “I was lucky to be in Nicaragua in February this year, and the influence of Rubén Darío is lived in all parts of the country, as well as throughout the Spanish-speaking world,” said Feinstein.

 Feinstein, born in Cambridge, published the acclaimed biography, “Pablo Neruda: A passion for life,” that was published by Bloomsbury in 2004. He also wrote the introduction to the English edition of Jorge Luis Borges’ Labyrinths ( The Folio Society, 2007).


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