Book Release: Hugo Clemente’s Water Log

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Date(s) - Sat. Oct. 20, 2018
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm


This is a presentation of Water Log, the first of Hugo Clemente’s novels to be translated into English. Clemente is an Adjunct Professor at Boston College, Boston University and Tufts University.

The Author will talk about the book and its process, and there will be some readings of excerpts of Water Log conducted by Antonio Ochoa, a Mexican Poet and faculty at BC and BU.


“Water Log is a novel, or series of vignettes, set in the context of the world of surfing, but it is not a surf novel. Rather, it is a novel in which water may be considered as one of the principal characters. The narrator works as a flight attendant and takes advantage of his job to experience some of the world’s prime surfing and snowboarding spots, recording his experiences in this Water Log. It is a loose collection, then, of entries with recurring characters and stories, often amusing, sometimes poignant, at other times, disturbing. It is a love story in which the sea embodies elusiveness, elegance, eroticism and challenges, and where people are viewed with all their flaws and weakness, as well as their most attractive and endearing qualities. Ultimately, it is the narrator’s journey itself, his relationship to the sea and water in its various forms, rather than his destination, in pursuit of fleeting but absolute pleasure, that drives this novel.”

— Peter Kahn, Water Log translator

This event is free and open to the public.