Complete Works and Other Stories

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Augusto Monterroso is widely known for short stories characterized by brilliant satire and wit. Yet behind scathing allusions to the weaknesses and defects of the artistic and intellectual worlds, they show his generous and expansive sense of compassion. This book brings together for the first time in English the volumes Complete Works (and Other Stories) (Obras completas [y otros cuentos] 1959) and Perpetual Motion (Movimiento perpetuo 1972). Together, they reveal Monterroso as a foundational author of the new ...
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Augusto Monterroso is widely known for short stories characterized by brilliant satire and wit. Yet behind scathing allusions to the weaknesses and defects of the artistic and intellectual worlds, they show his generous and expansive sense of compassion. This book brings together for the first time in English the volumes Complete Works (and Other Stories) (Obras completas [y otros cuentos] 1959) and Perpetual Motion (Movimiento perpetuo 1972). Together, they reveal Monterroso as a foundational author of the new Latin American narrative.

"Monterroso's microcuentos defy social and literary categories in this collection of brilliant satires that combine the first English-language versions of Obras completas y otros cuentos (1959) and Movimiento perpetuo (1972). Corral's 'Before and After Augusto Monterroso' and Grossman's competent translations make this volume an excellent introduction to one of Latin America's greatest living writers. Highly recommended for classroom and general use"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 58.

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These clever stories from an author born in Honduras of Guatemalan and Honduran heritage offer one surprise after another, although, as with many collections, readers may come to anticipate the surprise. ``Mister Taylor'' is a Boston native who travels to the Amazon and begins exporting shrunken heads back home, inspiring huge demand. Brother Bartolom Arrazola tries to use his scientific knowledge to escape from Indian sacrifice, not realizing that Mayans are more than knowledgeable about such things, in ``The Eclipse.'' The brevity of these stories is often a surprise in itself. ``The Dinosaur'' consists of a single sentence, and ``Perpetual Motion 1981'' is not much longer; it is a Mbius strip of a story that lives up to its title. ``Flies'' introduces an obsession with flies that permeates the second half of the book, comparing the insects with the punishing Eumenides and Furies. And throughout the collection, Monterroso writes about the process of writingmost successfully in ``Leopoldo (His Labors),'' a story about a hapless writer that includes the hilarious journal he hopes to use for inspiration (``Tuesday the 12th Today I got up early but nothing happened to me''). Writers aren't supposed to write about writing, and probably someone has decided that stories should be longer than eight words. Or that flies are not fit for discussion. Monterroso's work is a welcome reminder of the futility of preconceptions. (Jan.)
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Born in Honduras in 1921 and residing in Mexico since 1944, this talented essayist/fabulist/aphorist/ enjoys flouting genre constraints. His knack is for creating ordinary/unusual characters like the American headhunter in the Amazon jungle who exports shrunken heads back to the United States, or the first lady of a Latin American country who rushes around like a lunatic giving poetry readings. His world is one where poetry can impoverish even the richest spirit, the belts with which drunken men beat their wives are made especially for that purpose, the habit of reading books is diminished by the acquisitive habit of buying books, and flies, along with love and death, are the third great theme of life. "The essay about the story about the poem about life is perpetual motion," he philosophizes, and the perpetual motion of his prose selection here is rich in Saki-like irony, the peeling away of veneer, insight, and compassion. Recommended for larger public libraries.Jack Shreve, Allegany Community Coll., Cumberland, Md.
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A no-nonsense introductory text for health care students. Presents an introduction to general psychology with an emphasis on application in health promotion and preventative care. The authors include topics such as: self-image, learning development, perception, memory, stress, loss, and pain. The chapters are peppered with case examples and exercises for group and individual study. Distributed by Taylor & Francis. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292751835
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1996
  • Series: Texas Pan American Series
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 170
  • Product dimensions: 5.83 (w) x 8.79 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Before and After Augusto Monterroso
Mister Taylor 3
One Out of Three 10
Finished Symphony 15
First Lady 18
The Eclipse 29
Diogenes Too 31
Leopoldo (His Labors) 43
The Concert 59
The Centennial 62
I Don't Want to Deceive You 65
Cow 71
Complete Works 72
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