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Tony Wood: Yuri Herrera, 6 October 2016

Signs Preceding the End of the World 
by Yuri Herrera, translated by Lisa Dillman.
And Other Stories, 114 pp., £8.99, March 2015, 978 1 908276 42 1
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The Transmigration of Bodies 
by Yuri Herrera, translated by Lisa Dillman.
And Other Stories, 101 pp., £8.99, July 2016, 978 1 908276 72 8
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... term recalls his coinage in Signs Preceding the End of the World, jarchar; as the translator Lisa Dillman explains, the verb is derived from an Andalusian literary form – ‘short Mozarabic verses or couplets tacked onto the end of longer Arabic or Hebrew poems’ – which itself comes from the Arabic kharja, ‘exit’. Herrera uses it to mean ...

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