Adam Feinstein is an acclaimed author, translator, journalist and Hispanist. His biography Pablo Neruda: a passion for life was first published by Bloomsbury in 2004 and reissued in an updated edition in 2013 (Harold Pinter called it ‘a masterpiece’). Also in 2013, Feinstein launched Cantalao, a biannual magazine dedicated to Neruda’s life and work. Feinstein’s translations from Neruda, Lorca, Benedetti and others have appeared in many publications, including Modern Poetry in Translation and Agenda. His book of translations from Neruda’s Canto General, with colour illustrations by the Brazilian artist, Ana Maria Pacheco, was published by Pratt Contemporary in 2013. He also wrote the introduction to the Folio Edition of Jorge Luis Borges’ Labyrinths, which appeared in 2007.
Feinstein’s other main field is autism. His book A History of Autism: conversations with the pioneers (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010) received widespread praise (Professor Simon Baron-Cohen said it was ‘a treasure trove … and a terrific book’). In 1998, Feinstein founded an international autism magazine, Looking Up. Based in London, he also runs monthly online autism conferences on the Awares conference site for Autism Cymru, as well as the annual online Awares conference, which has been called ‘the finest online event of its kind on the planet’.
Feinstein has written for the Guardian, the TLS and the New Statesman and has broadcast for the BBC on Neruda and autism. He is currently writing a novel, as well as preparing a book on Cuban cultural policy since the Revolution.