In 1936, during a visit to New York, the editor Eugene Jolas wrote to his wife Maria McDonald in Paris, asking her to collect and send him every copy of the Lima-based and Havana-based magazines Amauta and Revista de avance that she could find in their home there. Jolas was eager to translate the texts from these magazines into English and publish them in transition, a magazine he and McDonald produced in Paris between 1927 and 1938 and sold to readers in Europe and the United States. This single epistolary request conveys not only the intellectual importance of the Cuban and Peruvian publications to a community of transatlantic publishers,...

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