Oxford Book of Latin American Short Stories

ISBN-10: 0195130855
ISBN-13: 9780195130850
Edition: 1999
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List price: $21.95
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/15/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 496
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

When Latin American writers burst onto the world literary scene in the now famous "Boom" of the sixties, it seemed as if an entire literature had invented itself over night out of thin air. Not only was the writing extraordinary but its sudden and spectacular appearance itself seemed magical. In fact, Latin American literature has a long and rich tradition that reaches back to the Colonial period and is filled with remarkable writers too little known in the English-speaking world. The short story has been a central part of this tradition, from Fray Bartolome de las Casas' narrative protests against the Spanish Conquistadors' abuses of Indians, to the world renowned Ficciones of Jorge Luis Borges, to the contemporary works of such masters as Carlos Fuentes, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Rosario Ferre, and others. Now, in The Oxford Book of Latin American Short Stories, editor Roberto Gonzalez Echevarria brings together fifty-three stories that span the history of Latin American literature and represent the most dazzling achievements in the form. In his fascinating introduction, Gonzalez Echevarria traces the evolution of the short story in Latin American literature, explaining why the genre has flourished there with such brilliance, and illuminating the various cultural and literary tensions that resolve themselves in "magical realism." The stories themselves exhibit all the inventiveness, the luxuriousness of language, the wild metaphoric leaps and uncanny conjunctions of the ordinary with the fantastic that have given the Latin American short story its distinctive and unforgettable flavor: From the Joycean subtlety of Machado de Assis's "Midnight Mass," to the brutal parable of Julio Ramon Ribeyro's "Featherless Buzzards," to the startling disorientation of Alejo Carpentier's "Journey Back to the Source," (which is told backwards, because a sorcerer has waved his wand and made time flow in reverse), to the haunting reveries of Maria Luisa Bombal's "The Tree." Readers familiar with only the most popular Latin American writers will be delighted to discover many exciting new voices here, including Catalina de Erauso, Ricardo Palma, Rubin Dario, Augusto Roa Bastos, Christina Peri Rossi, along with Borges, Garcia Marquez, Fuentes, Cortazar, Vargas Llosa, and many others. Gonzalez Echevarria also provides brief and extremely helpful headnotes for the each selection, discussing the author's influences, major works, and central themes. Short story lovers will find a wealth of satisfactions here, in terrains both familiar and uncharted. But the unique strength of The Oxford Book of Latin American Short Stories is that it allows us to see the connections between writers from Peru to Puerto Rico and from the sixteenth century to the present--and thus to view in a single, unprecedented volume one of the most diverse and fertile literary landscapes in the world.

Preface
Introduction
The Colonial Period
How the Men Were Parted from the Women
A Maiden's Story
Tocay Capac, The First Inca
Plague of Ants
The Story of Pedro Serrano
The Adventurer Who Pretended That He Was a Bishop
Amorous and Military Adventures
A Deal with Juana Garcia
New Nations
The Slaughter House
The Tiger of the Plains
He Who Listens May Hear - To His Regret: Confidence of a Confidence
Fray Gomez's Scorpion
Where and How the Devil Lost His Poncho
Midnight Mass
The Contemporary Period
The Death of the Empress of China
Yzur
The Decapitated Chicken
The Baby in Pink Buckram
The Man Who Resembled a Horse
The Braider
The Man Who Knew Javanese
Peace on High
The Christmas Turkey
The Daisy Dolls
The Photograph
The Clearing
The Garden of Forking Paths
Journey Back to the Source
The Tree
The Legend of 'El Cadejo'
Encarnacion Mendoza's Christmas Eve
The Third Bank of the River
The Image of Misfortune
Tell Them Not to Kill Me!
Hahn's Pentagon
The Switchman
The Featherless Buzzards
Meat
Unborn
The Night Face Up
Cooking Lesson
The Doll Queen
The Walk
Balthazar's Marvelous Afternoon
The Challenge
The Crime of the Mathematics Professor
Buried Statues
A Woman's Back
The Warmth of Things
Penelope
The Threshold
The Parade Ends
When Women Love Men
Selected Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Author Index

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