Clark Zlotchew

Selected Works

Fiction: Short Stories
FINALIST for NEXT GENERATION INDIE BOOK AWARDS 2011. See: Seventeen narratives of love and death, hope and despair, adventure at sea, adolescent angst, Borges and the mystery of the American writer with three names, Havana on the eve of the Castro Revolution, race relations in the Deep South during the lost civilization of the 1950s.
Espionage/Thriller Novel
Political intrigue, violent action and suspense in the little-known and volatile region of the Russian North Caucasus: Daghestan.
Literary Interviews
Author's English version of his Spanish-language interviews with J.L. Borges and seven other writers in Buenos Aires and Montevideo plus interviews with three Argentine-born Israeli writers who still write and publish in Spanish.
Translation of Interview
Seven Conversations between Argentine writer, Fernando Sorrentino, and Jorge Luis Borges, one of the best known and most admired writers of the 20th Century.
Curso de creacion literaria/Creative Writing Course
Este libro se dirige a escritores y estudiantes hispanohablantes y a estudiantes avanzados de espanol que quieran mejorar sus escritos.
Literary Criticism
A tracing of the earliest thought patterns in the writings of Galdos, and of the manner in which this author creates literature out of instinctual drives and unconscious psychic material.
The term "Magic Realism" is used a great deal, although there is no agreement as to its meaning. This book attempts to arrive at some definition of the term by studying the works and opinions of several 20th-Century Latin American writers.
Spanish Language Instruction
"Well, this book is the language book of my dreams! A light has gone on!" (From an Amazon reviewer signing as "A Customer")
Spanish Grammar Reference
“The serious student of Spanish will find this is the only book he/she needs.” (excerpt from Amazon reviewer Bonny Neeley)

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Libido into Literature: The "Primera Epoca" of Benito Perez Galdos

(Authors Guild Edition, 2011)

Critical Opinion:

"Like Galdos's work itself, Clark Zlotchew's study has various facets and can be read for its revelations concerning these specific novels, future novels, Galdos-the-author and Galdos-the-man, and also for what it has to show us about the wealth of discoveries involved in reading novels in general."
Douglass M. Rogers, University of Texas, Austin (November 8, 1992)

The present volume is a psychological-biographical-literary study of the self-contained series of novels of the formative period of Benito Perez Galdos as a novelist. It traces the thought patterns and illuminates the creative process of the greatest Spanish author of the movement known as Realism.

These early novels represent a period of artistic apprenticeship as well as of ideological struggle within Galdos's mind. Many of the preoccupations that would surface throughout the author's more mature work can be seen in their embryonic form in the novels of the Primera Epoca. Galdos's concern with the dynamic interplay of individual, society, and nature is constant throughout his career as a novelist. Libido Into Literature traces his ideas with reference to this relationship from La sombra and La Fontana de Oro, in which they first appear, through Marianela, in which a sharp change of focus occurs, to La familia de Leon Roch, in which these ideas become solidified.

Both the constants that can be seen in all these early novels, and the shifting patterns become interwoven into one fabric in the final novel of the early series, and emerge from it with this complex pattern to continue, to develop further, and to expand in the richer warp and woof of the later series, the Novelas contemporaneas.

But the major thrust of this study is not merely to register the themes and thought patterns underlying the novels of Galdos's earliest period, but to delve into the manner in which this great writer creates literature --which is social and political on the surface-- out of instinctual drives and unconscious psychic material.

This book also elucidates the imagery, the symbolism, the evocative language, the biblical and mythical motifs, in short, the rich battery of literary devices by means of which Galdos converts libido into literature.

Originally published by Borgo Press, 1993.