Gabriel Garcia Ochoa

Gabriel García Ochoa reviews 'The Surreal Life of Leonora Carrington' by Joanna Moorhead

Gabriel García Ochoa
30 April 2018

There appears to be a major problem with the story of Leonora Carrington’s life (1917–2011): it hasn’t been told enough. This may be because, as in the case of Frida Kahlo and Diego More

Found in Translation: Design in California and Mexico, 1915–1985 (Los Angeles County Museum of Art)

Gabriel García Ochoa
12 February 2018

Translation can be an art or a craft; seldom simple, it is often unappreciated. We tend to forget that the global community of ceaseless interconnectivity could not exist without translati More

Neruda ★★★1/2

Gabriel García Ochoa
22 May 2017

In 1948, the Nobel Prize-winning poet and Chilean senator, Pablo Neruda, proud member of his country’s Communist Party, accused his government of treason for forging an alliance with the More

Gabriel García Ochoa reviews 'The Transmigration of Bodies and Signs Preceding the End of the World' by Yuri Herrera, translated by Lisa Dillman

Gabriel García Ochoa
20 December 2016

Mictlán, the underworld of Aztec mythology, is divided into nine regions, like Dante’s Inferno. Yuri Herrera’s novella, Signs Preceding the End of the World, opens with ...


The City of Palaces by Gabriel García Ochoa

Gabriel García Ochoa
19 December 2016

Describing Mexico City without tripping over a cliché is not easy. Vibrant, colourful, dangerous, loud, exhilarating, rich in history and gastronomic delights, it’s all been ...


Episode #12 The City of Palaces by Gabriel García Ochoa

02 December 2016

Gabriel García Ochoa reports back from Mexico following the US election in his article 'The City of Palaces' which appears in the January-February issue of Australian Book Review. ... More

Gabriel García Ochoa reviews 'The Winterlings' by Cristina Sánchez-Andrade and translated by Samuel Rutter

Gabriel García Ochoa
29 November 2016

The village of Tierra de Chá in Cristina Sánchez-Andrade’s novel The Winterlings feels a bit like Gabriel García Márquez’s Macondo, without the magic realism. It is a small community riddled with family secrets, desiccated aspirations, incest, and regrets. Located in Galicia, in north-western Spain, Tierra de Chá is full of succulent characters. Th ... More

Gabriel García Ochoa reviews 'The Man Who Invented Fiction: How Cervantes ushered in the modern world' by William Egginton

Gabriel García Ochoa
28 October 2016

The four-hundredth anniversary of Miguel de Cervantes’s death serves as a good reminder of the influence and importance of his oeuvre, and perhaps too of our strange obsession with ...More

Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera (Art Gallery of New South Wales)

Gabriel García Ochoa
19 September 2016

Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera are, without a doubt, the two most famous Mexican artists of the twentieth century, as notorious for their scandalous relationship and political views as they More