Casualty Report

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Fiction. Latino/Latina Studies. In CASUALTY REPORT, Ed Vega brings together seven previously published short stories and three new ones, including the politically charged "Casualty Report", the story of a Vietnam veteran and his search for a solution to the plight of his people. Vega's stories slice through the levels of Hispanic life in the city to reveal a richness and a diversity of experience, but also the promise of a flowering or the threat of chaos and destruction. CASUALTY REPORT is at times tender and at...

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Overview

Fiction. Latino/Latina Studies. In CASUALTY REPORT, Ed Vega brings together seven previously published short stories and three new ones, including the politically charged "Casualty Report", the story of a Vietnam veteran and his search for a solution to the plight of his people. Vega's stories slice through the levels of Hispanic life in the city to reveal a richness and a diversity of experience, but also the promise of a flowering or the threat of chaos and destruction. CASUALTY REPORT is at times tender and at times humorous, at times dark and at times tragic, but always disquieting and incisive in its awareness of humanity. "Ed Vega is a great writer and his stories are sensitive, unforgettable portrayals of Puerto Rican life, on the mainland, away from paradise"—The Philadelphia Inquirer.

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In his second collection of stories, Vega details the consuming struggles and sorrows of Puerto Ricans in New York, where reasons for anger and despair accumulate like garbage in the back lots of tenements. A troubled mother, desperate to feed her large family, disguises dog food behind the labels from cans of fish. An unbalanced husband makes a grisly sacrifice in the spirit of revenge. Haunted by memory, cousins and sons cope with internal demons, external hardships, and what one character calls "the stigma of being an immigrant's child.'' Vega's narrators are rarely sentimental, but their stories betray a deep concern and love for people living precariously between two worlds. A fine, provocative addition for Latino and large general fiction collections.
—Janet Ingraham, Worthington P.L., Ohio
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558850347
  • Publisher: Arte Publico Press
  • Publication date: 1/15/1991
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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