Costa Rica: A Traveler's Literary Companion

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Journey into the Costa Rican imagination through twenty-six remarkable stories, selected and organized regionally for the curious traveler. Here, for the first time in English, the best of Costa Rica's writers conjure the country's allure and vitality, its coffee fields and palm groves, cicadas and songbirds, shrouded mountains and blazing savannas, while telling stories unique to Costa Rican life. Contributors include Alfredo Aguilar, Fernando Dur?n Ayanegui, Alfonso Chase, Quince Duncan, Fabi?n Dobles, Louis ...

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Overview

Journey into the Costa Rican imagination through twenty-six remarkable stories, selected and organized regionally for the curious traveler. Here, for the first time in English, the best of Costa Rica's writers conjure the country's allure and vitality, its coffee fields and palm groves, cicadas and songbirds, shrouded mountains and blazing savannas, while telling stories unique to Costa Rican life. Contributors include Alfredo Aguilar, Fernando Durán Ayanegui, Alfonso Chase, Quince Duncan, Fabián Dobles, Louis Ducoudray, Carlos Luis Fallas, Mario Gonzáles Feo, Joaquín Gutiérrez, Carlos Salazar Herrera, Max Jiménez, Carmen Lyra, Carmen Naranjo, Yolanda Oreamuno, Abel Pacheco, Julieta Pinto, Uriel Quesada, Samuel Rovinski, José León Sánchez, and Rima de Vallbona.

A collection of 30 remarkable stories by Costa Rican writers--most of which is available in English for the first time. Whether searching for something relevant and entertaining to read on Costa Rica's idyllic beaches or looking for Latin American enchantment back home, this is a fiction reader's cultural guidebook to the country.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781883513009
  • Publisher: Whereabouts Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1994
  • Series: Traveler's Literary Companions
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 242,024
  • Product dimensions: 5.04 (w) x 7.23 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Table of Contents

Map of Costa Rica
Foreword
Preface
Believe It or Not 1
The Girl Who Came from the Moon 10
Bucho Vargas, Healer and Medicine Man 24
The Lizard with the White Belly 30
The Chumico Tree 34
The Targua Tree 37
The Adventure 43
Monday 55
Faust in Hatillo 63
Mystery Stone 73
The Bongo 81
She Wore a Bikini 85
The Carbonero 101
The Diary 110
In the Shadow of the Banana Tree 121
The Oropendolas 134
From Deeper Than Skin 136
The Blue Fish 147
The Spirit of My Land 153
Pastor's Ten Little Old Men 157
A Leaf of Air 167
The Palmitero 191
Here 195
We Have Brought You the Sea 202
Mint Flowers 206
When New Flowers Bloomed 214
Glossary 221
Contributors 226
Translators 232
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  • Posted July 24, 2010

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    Nice literary travel companion

    This enjoyable collection of short stories is a nice companion to any visit to Costa Rica. The stories are "literary" in nature...one shouldn't expect explorers crashing through rainforests chasing after "savages", nor anything related to 2012 doomsday prophecies or pyramid-top sacrifices.

    The stories do, however, provide a nice bit of color and flavor to each of Costa Rica's different regions. Visitors to the northwest province of Guanacaste will be a bit disappointed by only one story focused on that popular travel destination.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2013

    Interesting insights on Costa Rica

    If you want to feel the people of Costa Rica, rather than just see the flaura and fauna, this is a good book. I enjoyed reading it as I traveled through the country. You need a bit of historival context to truly appreciate the stories.

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