Ricardo Blanco's Blog

The Discovery of Slowness

Met up with this tortoise on a walk in the Albera range yesterday morning. The Alberas are home to the last natural population of the Mediterranean tortoise (Testudo h. hermanni) in the Iberian Peninsula, and they are a… Read More


  All your stories are about yourself, she said, even when they seem to be about other people. I was not going to deny this, nor give her the pleasure of being right. So I quoted Proust, who said that… Read More

Comparative Literature

While working on a translation, I need to break off to mark some student work. The last piece of writing that I have been translating starts like this: The boy approaches the house. A pathway of larches. Leaves…. Read More