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Chinese Checkers

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ISBN-10: 0977616290

ISBN-13: 9780977616299

Edition: 2006

Authors: Mario Bellatin, Cooper Renner

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Three modern, edgy and superb stories by famous Mexican author Mario Bellatin--Chinese Checkers, Hero Dogs and My Skin Luminous--translated by Cooper Renner. This, his first book to appear in English, promises us an fascinating, unsettling and important new voice in modern writing. In these stories the narrator speaks rationally, cleanly, carefully, with a sense of precision and progression. But the life he describes is not rational, clean precise or progressive. His focus seems to be on exploring the ins and outs of specific situations. He is not plot-driven, nor do his characterizations seem to function in the normal way -- that is, to create a sympathetic character whom the author leads through some sort of growth process to a sort of epiphany. Any given one of his sentences, isolated from its context, might seem like an ordinary narrative sentence in a traditional work. Bellatin's contexts don't work that way: situations and thought repeat and recur in an apparently random fashion; he refuses to orchestrate climaxes and artificial excitements, even where a conventional writer would immediately do so.
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Book details

List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Ravenna Press
Publication date: 10/1/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 139
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

Mario Bellat�n was born in Mexico City in 1960 and studied film in Cuba. A singular talent and risk-taking storyteller, Bellat�n is the author of the short novels, Canon perpetuo, Efecto invernadero, Damas chinas, and Poeta ciego. Salon de belleza (Beauty Salon) was released in 1999 and received huge praise and wide recognition. This is its first translation