Latin American Mystery Writers: An A-to-Z Guide

Overview

Latin America has a rich literary tradition that is receiving growing amounts of attention. The body of Latin American mystery writing is especially vast and diverse. Because it is part of Latin American popular culture, it also reflects many of the social and cultural concerns of that region. This reference provides an overview of mystery fiction of Latin America. While many of the authors profiled have received critical attention, others have been relatively neglected. Included are alphabetically arranged ...

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Overview

Latin America has a rich literary tradition that is receiving growing amounts of attention. The body of Latin American mystery writing is especially vast and diverse. Because it is part of Latin American popular culture, it also reflects many of the social and cultural concerns of that region. This reference provides an overview of mystery fiction of Latin America. While many of the authors profiled have received critical attention, others have been relatively neglected. Included are alphabetically arranged entries on 54 writers, most of whom are from Argentina, Mexico, and Cuba. Every effort has been made to include balanced coverage of the few female mystery writers. Each entry is written by an expert contributor and includes a brief biography, a critical discussion of the writer's works, and primary and secondary bibliographies. The volume closes with a general bibliography of anthologies and criticism.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313305542
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.24 (w) x 9.58 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

DARRELL B. LOCKHART is an assistant professor of Spanish at the University of Nevada, Reno where he teaches Latin American literature, popular culture, and film. He is the editor of Latin American Jewish Writers: A Dictionary (1997), co-author of Culture and Customs of Argentina (Greenwood, 1998), and editor of Latin American Science Fiction Writers and Latin American Mystery Writers (both Greenwood, 2004).

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: The Hard-boiled Detective Novel in Latin America
Alvaro Abos (b. 1941) 3
Isaac Aisemberg (1918-1997) 5
Francisco Jose Amparan (b. 1957) 8
Roberto Ampuero (b. 1953) 10
Enrique Anderson Imbert (1910-2000) 12
Roberto Arlt (1900-1942) 14
Velmiro Ayala Gauna (1905-1967) 19
Vicente Battista (b. 1940) 21
Maria Elvira Bermudez (1916-1988) 24
Rafael Bernal (1915-1972) 29
Adolfo Bioy Casares (1914-1999) 31
Jorge Louis Borges (1899-1986) 37
Maria Angelica Bosco (b. 1917) 44
Martin Caparros (b. 1957) 48
Leonardo Castellani (1896-1980) 51
Luiz Lopes Coelho (1911-1975) 60
Hiber Conteris (b. 1933) 62
Marco Denevi (1920-1998) 65
Ramon Diaz Eterovic (b. 1956) 68
Alberto Edwards (1873-1932) 72
Enrique Fairlie Fuentes (b. 1915) 75
C. E. Feiling (1961-1997) 78
Jose Pablo Feinmann (b. 1943) 82
Rubem Fonseca (b. 1925) 85
Carlos Fuentes (b. 1928) 88
Mempo Giardinelli (b. 1947) 96
Antonio Helu (1900-1972) 105
Juan Hernandez Luna (b. 1962) 109
Jorge Ibarguengoitia (1928-1983) 111
Miriam Laurini (b. 1947) 116
Vicente Lenero (b. 1933) 118
Sauli Lostal (dates unknown) 121
Jorge Manzur (b. 1949) 125
Jose Martinez de la Vega (1908-1954) 133
Juan Martini (b. 1944) 135
Leonardo Padura Fuentes (b. 1955) 138
Adolfo L. Perez Zelaschi (b. 1920) 142
Manuel Peyrou (1902-1974) 144
Ricardo Piglia (b. 1940) 147
Monica Ploese (b. 1962) 153
Syria Poletti (1921-1991) 155
Rafael Ramirez Heredia (b. 1942) 158
Bertha Recio Tenorio (b. circa 1950) 163
Victor Ronquillo (b. 1959) 165
Juan Sasturain (b. 1945) 167
Enrique Serna (b. 1959) 170
Sergio Sinay (b. 1947) 172
Juan Jose de Soiza Reilly (1879-1959) 173
Paco Ignacio Taibo II (b. 1949) 179
Gabriel Trujillo Munoz (b. 1958) 186
Pablo Urbanyi (b. 1939) 190
Rene Vergara (1921-1983) 193
Raul Waleis (1845-1911) 197
Rodolfo Walsh (1927-1977) 203
Bibliography of Literary Anthologies and Criticism 207
Index 213
About the Editor and Contributors 221
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