Trancendence Towards a New World Translating the Work of German Salas

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Tiffanie Clark


German Salas was born on June 15, 1943, in San José, Costa Rica. Having published and self-published eight collections of poetry between the 1950s and 1980s, including A La luz del silencio (In the Light of Silence 1967), Árbol del universo (Tree of the Universe 1987), and Libro de oro (The Golden Book 1989), Salas has an insatiable thirst for the written word. According to Costa Rican Professor, Dr. Gabriel Vargas, Salas was an assiduous member of El Círculo de poetas costarricenses (1960), one of the “most serious literary
groups of the century” (personal correspondence 2023). Though German Salas published three times with El Editorial Costa Rica—as did many other authors of this group—his name is not mentioned in any of the catalogues or anthologies of the era in which he wrote. These facts lead to the question of why he has suffered relative obscurity in Costa Rican letters.

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Tiffanie Clark, Central State University

Tiffanie R. Clark is an assistant teaching professor of Spanish at Central State University, a translator, and a creative writer. Author of “La evolución espiritual en tres obras de Amado Nervo” (2021), “Ilka Oliva Corado’s Poetry of the Diaspora” (2020), and “Mujer sin Edén: Fusiones del feminismo y posguerra” (2021), Dr. Clark’s research interests are Central
American Literature, Modernism, and diasporic women’s writing. Currently, Dr. Clark is working on a translation of four collections of poetry by German Salas. Her first full collection of poetry, Intent to Return, is in progress.