Invoking the Night

Bernardo Villela masterfully translates Maria da Cunha in this fervid ode to the kingdom of dreams. In a voice that invokes the exultant vehemence of Jules Laforgue, Villela renders a wholly unique and timeless piece of music that recalls the Symbolist age with a beautifully modern flair. Though previously unaware of Maria da Cunha’s poetry, Villela’s impeccable diligence in translation will have me scrambling to find more of her work, all the while awaiting anxiously the translator’s next endeavor.

Azonal Translation | Bernardo Villela Translating Maria da Cunha

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