A Hammock Beneath the Mangoes: Stories from Latin America

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This splendid collection of stories by 26 Latin American authors features the new voices and celebrate masters of one of the world's foremost literatures. Explore the gothic sexual ambiguitites of Carlos Fuentes' "The Doll Queen," the psychological compression of Clarice Lispector's "Love," or the baroque pyrotechnics of Machado de Assis and Adolfo Bioy Casares. Discover the paradically "hard-boiled" detectice fiction of Ana Lydia Vega and some decidedly "soft-boiled" criminals in Rubem Fonseca's "Lonelyhearts." ...
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Overview

This splendid collection of stories by 26 Latin American authors features the new voices and celebrate masters of one of the world's foremost literatures. Explore the gothic sexual ambiguitites of Carlos Fuentes' "The Doll Queen," the psychological compression of Clarice Lispector's "Love," or the baroque pyrotechnics of Machado de Assis and Adolfo Bioy Casares. Discover the paradically "hard-boiled" detectice fiction of Ana Lydia Vega and some decidedly "soft-boiled" criminals in Rubem Fonseca's "Lonelyhearts." From erotic comedies by Isabel Allende and Jorge Amado to the playful labyrinths of Guillermo Cabrera Infante's London streets or Armonia Somers' roomful of elocks. A Hammock Beneath the Mangoes reveals the virtuosity of Latin American literature at its finest, and provides an illuminaing journey into dreamlike and unexpected worlds.

This splendid collection of stories by 26 Latin American authors features the new voices and celebrated masters of one of the world's foremost literatures. Included are Jorge Luis Borges, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Juan Carlos Onetti, Manuel Puig, and others. Organized geographically.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Colchie, a translator and literary agent for both Iberian and Ibero-American writers, assembles an outstandingbelow anthology of Latin American short stories, drawing heavily on the familiar sources--Garcia Marquez, Borges, Allende, Fuentes et al. In all, 26 authors (from eight countries) are represented by one story apiece, eight of which appear in English for the first time. Colchie groups them geographically, ``to emphasize three major landscapes: Brazil, the River Plate, and the Caribbean,'' a choice that excludes several prominent writers, most notably Mario Vargas Llosa. The stories themselves are uniformly excellent, demonstrating a wide range of styles, from the modernist conundrums of Julio Cortazar's ``Axolotl'' to the dextrous tour-de-force of Manuel Puig's ``Relative Humidity 95%,'' a canny mix of cinematic style and stream-of-consciousness. Perhaps the most satisfying stories in the volume, however, are by writers less well known in North America. Two Puerto Rican women, Rosario Ferre and Ana Lydia Vega, weigh in with very different feminist tales; Ferre's ``The Gift'' is a moving recollection of coming of age in a convent school, while Vega's ``Story-Bound'' is a smart domestic triangle/quadrangle with a stunning twist. QPB selection. (Nov.)
Library Journal
This cornucopia of delights presents to English-speaking readers a one-volume assortment of the representative best of the giants of recent Latin American letters: Borges, Cortazar, Garcia Marquez, Fuentes, Lispector. Only the absence of Donoso, Vargas Llosa, and especially Arreola's modern classic ``The Switchman'' prevents it from being definitive. Although most of the stories have been previously published and translated, this collection marks the first time these 26 powerhouses have been brought together. Since nothing recent combines Spanish American and Brazilian authors, nor includes newer writers not readily found elsewhere, this anthology is highly recommended for all collections.-- Lawrence Olszewski, OCLC, Dublin, Ohio
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525933670
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/11/1991
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 9.29 (w) x 6.31 (h) x 1.39 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas Colchie is an acclaimed translator, editor, and literary agent for international authors. He is the editor of A Hammock Beneath the Mangoes. He has written for the Village Voice and The Washington Post. His translations include Manuel Puig's Kiss of the Spider Woman and (with Elizabeth Bishop, Gregory Rabassa, and Mark Strand) Carlos Drummond de Andrade's Travelling in the Family.

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