Esther Allen

United States



Esther Allen was born in Auburn, California, in 1962.

She is a writer and translator who teaches at Baruch College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. She co-founded the PEN World Voices Festival in 2005.

Her translations include The Selected Writings of José MartíLands of Memory by Felisberto Hernández, Dark Back of Time by Javier Marías, The Tale of the Rose by Consuelo de Saint Exupèry, Dancing with Cuba: A Memoir of the Revolution by Alma Guillermoprieto, The Nubian Prince by Juan Bonilla, and, most recently, In Her Absence by Antonio Munoz Molina.

She is the author of an International PEN report on Translation and Globalization, has just co-edited a special issue of Wordswithoutborders.org titled "On Cuban Time" with Hillary Gulley, and is at work on a biography of José Martí, to be published by Henry Holt and Company. 

Translation Bibliography

The Selected Non-Fiction of Jorge Luis Borges. Viking, 1999.

The Tale of the Rose, Consuelo de Saint-Exupery. Random House, 2001.

Dark Back of Time, Javier Marias. New Directions, 2001. 

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