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Angélica Freitas

Angélica Freitas (1973) is a poet and translator from Pelotas, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.

Rilke Shake

Original title: Rilke Shake (2007)
Author: Angélica Freitas
Translator: Hilary Kaplan

Rilke Shake’s title, a pun on milkshake, means in Portuguese just what it does in English. With frenetic humor and linguistic innovation, Angélica Freitas constructs a temple of delight to celebrate her own literary canon. In this whirlwind debut collection, first published in Portuguese in 2007, Gertrude Stein passes gas in her bathtub, a sushi chef cries tears of Suntory Whisky, and Ezra Pound is kept “insane in a cage in pisa.” Hilary Kaplan’s translation is as contemporary and lyrical as the Portuguese-language original, a considerable feat considering the collection’s breakneck pace. (Source: publisher)

The poet and her translator are the poetry prize winners of the 2016 Best Translated Book Awards.


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Paperback: 124 pages
 Publisher: Phoneme Media (March 24, 2015)
 Translator: Hilary Kaplan
 ISBN-10: 1939419549
 ISBN-13: 978-1939419545
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Best Translated Book Award goes to Brazil and Mexico

A collection of Portuguese-language poetry from Brazil and a Spanish-language novel from Mexico have won prizes for the Best Translated Book Award, the BTBA.

From Brazil, Angélica Freitas’s “Rilke Shake,” translated from the Portuguese by Hilary Kaplan, won the Best Translated Book Award for poetry. According to BTBA judge Tess Lewis,  “[Kaplan] has done the grant and Freitas’ poems justice, capturing the many shifts in tone in and between the lines, from playful to wry to sardonic to pathetic, even sentimental, to deadpan and back to playful, sometimes within a single poem. For all of Freitas’ lyric clowning, it’s clear she takes poetry too seriously not to dismantle it and use it to her own purposes.”

The fiction prize has been given to Yuri Herrera’s “Signs Preceding the End of the World,” translated from the Spanish by Lisa Dillman. It beat the Brazilian bestselling Clarice Lispector (Complete Stories), which had been shortlisted.

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