Cruel Fictions, Cruel Realities: Short Stories by Latin American Women Writers

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Editor and translator Kathy Leonard created this superb and diverse anthology to provide a literary outlet for the best of the new fiction by contemporary Latin American women authors. Through her work with the authors represented here, Leonard brings to these stories an uncompromised clarity of translation as well as useful biographical information about the authors. Subjects of the stories vary widely, with most of the stories marked with heavy doses of magic realism or black humor.

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Overview

Editor and translator Kathy Leonard created this superb and diverse anthology to provide a literary outlet for the best of the new fiction by contemporary Latin American women authors. Through her work with the authors represented here, Leonard brings to these stories an uncompromised clarity of translation as well as useful biographical information about the authors. Subjects of the stories vary widely, with most of the stories marked with heavy doses of magic realism or black humor.

"Nineteen stories by 12 writers from across the region, almost all little-known or never before translated into English. Stories share common theme of human cruelty in different forms (political, personal, religious, etc.). Includes translator's introduction, biographical pages on each author, and extensive bibliography. Some compelling stories. Solid translations, if sometimes too similar in voice"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 58.

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"A fine collection of 19 . . . stories by 12 . . . South American women. . . . . A highly entertaining anthology."  —Kirkus Reviews
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780935480870
  • Publisher: Latin American Literary Review Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/1997
  • Series: Discoveries Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 131
  • Product dimensions: 5.35 (w) x 8.42 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathy S. Leonard received her PhD from the University of California, Davis, and is currently a professor of Spanish and Hispanic Linguistics at Iowa State University in Ames. She has published numerous translations of short stories by Latin American women writers as well as a number of books dealing with their work. Professor Leonard has received several prestigious awards and grants for her work with Latin American authors; among them are a Fulbright-Hays grant for research in Bolivia (1998), a National Enowment for the Humanities Fellowship for Translation (2003), and a serial Fulbright grant for research in Bolivia (2006-08).

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction
1
Corners of Smoke 3
7
How Milinco Escaped from School 9
The Morgue (Excerpt from Bajo el oscuro sol) 13
17
Coati 1950 19
27
The Vigil 29
The Visit 37
43
The Sailor's Wife 45
We Must Keep Fanning the Master 49
53
A Mother to Be Assembled 55
61
The Competition 63
69
Bus Stop #46 71
75
Cradle Song 77
Out of Silence 79
81
Good Night Air 83
The Other Mariana 89
95
A Profession Like Any Other 97
Minor Surgery 101
109
The Hunchback 111
In Between 115
Author Bibliographies 121
Selected Bibliography 129
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