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Contemporary Latin American Short Stories

by Pat McNees Mancini

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This collection of 35 stories by Latin American authors may stretch the definition of "contemporary" a bit, since some of the stories were published in the early 20th century, but in the contemporary context of 1974, most of these authors and their works would have been unknown to an English-speaking audience. The collection includes some heavy hitters (Jorge Luis Borges, Octavio Paz, Gabríel Garcia Márquez, Mario Varga Llosa) as well as many authors that were unfamiliar to me, from all over Latin America. The stories themselves are really strong -- ranging in length from just a few pages to entire novellas, they include magical realism, formal structure, humor, tragedy, and political metaphors. Some particular favorites of mine were the extremely weird "Letter to a Young Lady in Paris," by Julio Cortázar (so many bunnies!); the brooding and atmospheric "The Doll Queen," by Carlos Fuentes; "Nest, Door, Neighbors," by Guillermo Cabrera Infante (with the added bonus of being translated by the author, which brings in some excellent effects), and "Paseo," by José Donoso, which I still can't get out of my head.

[full review here: http://spacebeer.blogspot.com/2016/08/contemporary-latin-american-short.html ] ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0449912264, Paperback)

Striking in its imagery, its history, and its breathtaking scope, Latin American fiction has finally come into its own throughout the world. Collected in this brilliant volume are thirty-five of the finest writers of this century, including:

Jorge Luis Borges

Carlos Fuentes

Julio Cortazar

Miguel Angel Asturias

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Jorge Amado

Octavio Paz

Juan Bosch

Jose Donoso

Horacio Quiroga

Mario Vargas Llosa

Abelardo Castillo

Guillermo Cabrera Infante

And many more

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Striking in its imagery, its history, and its breathtaking scope, Latin American fiction has finally come into its own throughout the world. Collected in this brilliant volume are thirty-five of the finest writers of this century, including: Jorge Luis Borges Carlos Fuentes Julio Cortazar Miguel Angel Asturias Gabriel Garcia Marquez Jorge Amado Octavio Paz Juan Bosch Jose Donoso Horacio Quiroga Mario Vargas Llosa Abelardo Castillo Guillermo Cabrera Infante.… (more)

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