VICIOUS CIRCLE

                                                         A PLAY


POR

                                     JOSÉ AGUSTÍN
                                              
(MEXICO) 

TRANSLATED BY

ERIC W. VOGT 
(SEATTLE PACIFIC UNIVERSITY, USA)

Front Cover Art Design:

MANUEL CARDONA
 ANA MARÍA CALATAYUD
 

COMING SOON IN SEPTEMBER, 2017


“Peering into the labyrinth of Mexico’s justice system in the 1970s, Vicious Circle could have been written yesterday. Mexican playwright José Agustín skillfully integrates enduring themes relevant in contemporary Mexico—drugs, crime, and corruption—to weave together an unenviable prisoner’s dilemma for four young hippies who find themselves between the rock and hard place that was Mexico’s unforgiving Lecumberri prison, where Agustín found his inspiration. Exceptionally translated in the parlance of a heady time, this adaptation will find welcoming audience among English speakers fascinated by the counter-culture era that gave birth to the modern day war on drugs.” 
 

David A. Shirk, Ph.D.
Graduate Director, M.A. in International Relations,
Associate Professor, Political Science and International Relations,
Principal Investigator, Justice in Mexico,
University of San Diego, CA, USA 

“Eric W. Vogt's translation of José Agustín's Círculo vicioso is a masterpiece. The bilingual format and superb glossary facilitate serious study for translators and interpreters who work with the language of the underworld in Spanish and English.”

Elena R. Rojas 

Federal Agencies'Translator
Professional Translators and Transcribers, Inc.,
Newport Beach, CA, USA

“This English translation of José Agustín’s Círculo vicioso by Eric W. Vogt stunningly reproduces the language and concerns of prisoners I have listened to in my career on the bench. Serious reading of this play could foster productive cross-border discussions among professionals in the criminal justice systems of the US and Mexico regarding the seldom discussed realities of incarceration and the societies that lock people up.”

Hon. Judge Runston Maino

San Diego Superior Court since 1982,
Member, Alliance of California Judges,
San Diego, CA, USA

 

ERIC W. VOGT

Eric W. Vogt has been a Professor of Spanish at Seattle Pacific University, USA, since 2001. He is a specialist of Spanish Golden Age Drama, Poetry, and Translation. His bilingual first edition of The Complete Poetry of Teresa of Avila was published in 1996 by University Press of the South. A revised recently published second edition was to honor St. Teresa of Avila' fifth centenary in 2015.

 

                                                                                                                                                         

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