A Hammock Beneath the Mangoes: Stories from Latin America

A Hammock Beneath the Mangoes: Stories from Latin America

by Thomas Colchie
     
 

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Introduction

One: The River Plate

Horacio Quiroga: The Dead Man
Julia Cortázar: Axolotl
Armonía Somers: Waiting for Polidoro
Jorge Lu's Borges: The Circular Ruins
Juan Carlos Onetti: The Dog Will Have Its Day
Adolfo Bioy Casares: The Idol
Manuel Puig: Relative Humidity 95%

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Overview

Introduction

One: The River Plate

Horacio Quiroga: The Dead Man
Julia Cortázar: Axolotl
Armonía Somers: Waiting for Polidoro
Jorge Lu's Borges: The Circular Ruins
Juan Carlos Onetti: The Dog Will Have Its Day
Adolfo Bioy Casares: The Idol
Manuel Puig: Relative Humidity 95%

Two: Chile

Isabel Allende: Toad's Mouth

Three: Brazil

Jorge Amado: The Miracle of the Birds
Murilo Rubião: The Ex-Magician from the Minhota Tavern
Clarice Lispector: Love
Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis: The Psychiatrist
Moacyr Scliar: The Plagues
João Guimarães Rosa: The Third Bank of the River
João Ubaldo Ribeiro: It Was a Different Day When They Killed the Pig
Lygia Fagundes Telles: The Corset
Rubem Fonseca: Lonelyhearts
Paulo Em'lio Salles Gomes: Twice with Helena

Four: Mexico

Carlos Fuentes: The Doll Queen
Juan Rulfo: Luvina

Five: The Caribbean

Rosario Ferré: The Gift
Reinaldo Arenas: Bestial Among the Flowers
Ana Lydia Vega: Story-Bound
Gabriel García Márquez: The Last Voyage of the Ghost Ship
Guillermo Cabrera Infante: The Phantom of the Essoldo
Alejo Carpentier: Journey Back to the Source

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Colchie, a translator and literary agent for both Iberian and Ibero-American writers, assembles an outstandingbelow anthology of Latin American short stories, drawing heavily on the familiar sources--Garcia Marquez, Borges, Allende, Fuentes et al. In all, 26 authors (from eight countries) are represented by one story apiece, eight of which appear in English for the first time. Colchie groups them geographically, ``to emphasize three major landscapes: Brazil, the River Plate, and the Caribbean,'' a choice that excludes several prominent writers, most notably Mario Vargas Llosa. The stories themselves are uniformly excellent, demonstrating a wide range of styles, from the modernist conundrums of Julio Cortazar's ``Axolotl'' to the dextrous tour-de-force of Manuel Puig's ``Relative Humidity 95%,'' a canny mix of cinematic style and stream-of-consciousness. Perhaps the most satisfying stories in the volume, however, are by writers less well known in North America. Two Puerto Rican women, Rosario Ferre and Ana Lydia Vega, weigh in with very different feminist tales; Ferre's ``The Gift'' is a moving recollection of coming of age in a convent school, while Vega's ``Story-Bound'' is a smart domestic triangle/quadrangle with a stunning twist. QPB selection. (Nov.)
Library Journal
This cornucopia of delights presents to English-speaking readers a one-volume assortment of the representative best of the giants of recent Latin American letters: Borges, Cortazar, Garcia Marquez, Fuentes, Lispector. Only the absence of Donoso, Vargas Llosa, and especially Arreola's modern classic ``The Switchman'' prevents it from being definitive. Although most of the stories have been previously published and translated, this collection marks the first time these 26 powerhouses have been brought together. Since nothing recent combines Spanish American and Brazilian authors, nor includes newer writers not readily found elsewhere, this anthology is highly recommended for all collections.-- Lawrence Olszewski, OCLC, Dublin, Ohio

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780452268661
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/28/1992
Series:
Plume Fiction Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
1,492,737
Product dimensions:
5.99(w) x 9.04(h) x 1.01(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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