We’re excited to announce the release of our most recent Ploughshares Solo, “Córdoba Skies” written by Federico Falco and translated from Spanish by Sarah Viren. Ploughshares Solos are stories and essays too long for our traditional print journal that we publish in an affordable, digital format nine times a year. For more information and some great reading material, check out our previously published Solos, or the Ploughshares Solos Omnibus Volume 3.
About “Córdoba Skies”
When 11-year-old Tino isn’t sitting quietly in school, he’s either visiting his dying mother in the hospital or making sure his UFO-obsessed father eats dinner. A loner among his peers, Tino is surprised when Omar, the strongest boy in school, befriends him out of the blue. Will Tino’s intrigue outweigh his self-imposed isolation? Written by Federico Falco and translated from Spanish by Sarah Viren, “Córdoba Skies” is coming of age story similar to the river Tino likes to play in: inviting and winding, yet not without the occasional burst of rapids.
Here’s an excerpt from the Solo:
They walked in silence until they got to the bridge. Omar had his swim trunks on. He had pulled a twig off one of the trees along the riverbanks and ran it along the railing.
“If you want, I’ll walk with you a bit, the others haven’t arrived yet,” he said.
“Look,” Omar said and pulled out a folded-up piece of paper from his pockets. Tino took it and opened it up. It was a page from a magazine. On one side there was a picture of naked woman. On the other side, the page was divided in thirds and the woman appeared three times, in different positions.
“I stole it from my uncle,” Omar said. “He has a ton. If you want I’ll show you one day.”
About Federico Falco
A fiction writer, poet, and video artist from Argentina, Federico Falco is the author of three short story collections, a poetry collection, and one novella. His book La hora de los monos was chosen as one of the best Argentine books of 2010 by the magazine Revista Ñ. His stories have been widely published and anthologized, including in Granta magazine’s anthology of The Best Young Spanish-Language Novelists and in Open Letter’s 2012 book The Future is Not Ours: New Latin American Fiction. Falco is a graduate of the Spanish-language creative writing MFA program at New York University and, in 2012, he was a visiting writer with the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa. His translated stories have appeared in various U.S.-based literary magazines including the Massachusetts Review and Kenyon Review Online.
About Sarah Viren
Sarah Viren is a writer and translator. Her poetry and prose can be found in AGNI, the Iowa Review, the Colorado Review, The Normal School, and others. Her translations have appeared in the Massachusetts Review and Kenyon Review Online. A graduate of the University of Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing Program, she has been awarded a Fulbright student fellowship to Colombia, a Kerouac House residency, the audience choice award in the Iron Horse Literary Review film fest, and The Pinch journal’s creative nonfiction prize. She lives with her wife and daughter in Lubbock and is a PhD candidate at Texas Tech University.
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