Beatle Dreams and Other Stories


Humor, fantasy, and social irony characterize the work of this Mexican writer. An extraordinary observer of human nature, he plays with the relationship between author, reader, and text, producing imaginative results across the 38 stories collected here.

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Humor, fantasy, and social irony characterize the work of this Mexican writer. An extraordinary observer of human nature, he plays with the relationship between author, reader, and text, producing imaginative results across the 38 stories collected here.

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"Samperio's writing is lively and fun, and the translation is lucid."  —Publishers Weekly
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This awkward collection includes short stories, studies, reflections and character sketches. Much of it is highly experimental. In ``She Lived in a Story,'' a writer named Segovia, a thinly veiled stand-in for the Mexican Samperio, has the idea for a story about a young woman who realizes she's just a character in a narrative. When this woman starts writing in her journal about the feeling, she is soon describing Segovia's actions as he comes to the same realization she has reached. A series of six very short tales is based on the conceit that women's personalities are determined by the color of the shoes they wear. Two other selections describe two archetypes of office life. Samperio's writing is lively and fun and the translation is lucid, but some of the conceits are precious, and often the execution is too skimpy (26 of the 37 stories take up five pages or fewer) to carry the stentorian style. (Sept.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780935480603
  • Publisher: Latin American Literary Review Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1995
  • Series: Discoveries Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 169
  • Product dimensions: 5.35 (w) x 8.39 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Meet the Author

Guillermo Samperio is an award-winning author of over 25 publications that include novels, short story and poetry collections, and children's stories. He has been honored with a national tribute to the fine arts for 25 years as a writer. Russell M. Cluff is a professor of literature, a solo guitarist, and a translator of publications that include Schizotext and Other Poems. His articles have been published in such journals as the Latin American Literary Review. L. Howard Quackenbush is an author and translator whose publications include Antología Del Teatro Dominicano Contemporáneo, Geopoemas, and El "Lopez" De Jorge Ibarguengoitia (Nuestras Escrituras).

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Table of Contents

She Lived in a Story 11
Beatle Dreams 21
Free Time 26
Story with a Jacaranda 28
Bluesy Morning 34
Dr. Mane 41
When Touch Becomes Word 52
Miss Green 56
Midday's Unpretentious Woman 59
Complicated Woman of the Afternoon 63
Behind the Door 67
Yurecuaro 70
Anything Goes 77
Gertrudis 85
Outside the Ring 90
In Time's Cramped Apartment 92
Biological Data 103
The Keeper of the Keys 106
The Keeper of the Shadows 110
Lenin and Soccer 114
Wind-up 121
The Shadows 127
Georgina, Here and Now 131
A Night for News 145
A Letter from Witold the Pirate 148
Mystical Serpents 150
Fire Wedding 152
Certain Deaths 153
Fatal Station 155
I Love You 157
Worms 160
The Pill Bug 162
Red High-Heeled Shoes for a Beautiful Woman 163
Black High-Heeled Shoes for the Beautiful Woman with the Red High-Heeled Shoes 164
Yellow High-Heeled Shoes 165
White High-Heeled Shoes 166
Gray High-Heeled Shoes 167
On the Shoe Rack 169
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