Mexico: A Traveler's Literary Companion

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Mexico has long been the top travel destination for Americans. But until now, there has not been such a panoramic vision of offered by some of Mexico's finest contemporary writers of fiction and literary prose. Here are writings — many translated for the first time — that bring you to the people of the beaches, the deserts, jungles, snow-capped mountains, and megacities. The voices are rich and diverse, the stories enthralling and strange. These writings shatter stereotypes as they provide a rollicking journey ...

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Overview

Mexico has long been the top travel destination for Americans. But until now, there has not been such a panoramic vision of offered by some of Mexico's finest contemporary writers of fiction and literary prose. Here are writings — many translated for the first time — that bring you to the people of the beaches, the deserts, jungles, snow-capped mountains, and megacities. The voices are rich and diverse, the stories enthralling and strange. These writings shatter stereotypes as they provide a rollicking journey from the Pacific to the Gulf, from Yucatan to the U.S.-Mexico border, from humble ranchos to a fabulous mountaintop castle. Contributors include Daniel Reveles, Carlos Fuentes, Inés Arredondo, Jesús Gardea, Elizondo Elizondo, Agustín Cadena, C. M. Mayo, Carlos Monsiváis, Juan Villoro, Guadalupe Loaeza, Fernando del Paso, Mónica Lavín, Pedro Ángel Palou, Ángeles Mastretta, Raúl Mejía, Martha Cerda, Araceli Ardón, Bruno Estañol, Ilan Stavans, Raymundo Hernández-Gil, Julieta Campos, Alberto Ruy Sánchez, Rosario Castellanos, and Laura Esquivel.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This delightful anthology offers two dozen stories, essays, and novel excerpts by the best of contemporary Mexican authors. Represented here are both mainstream writers, such as Carlos Fuentes, Laura Esquivel, and Rosario Castellanos, and those not so well known to North American readers but deserving of a greater audience, e.g., Carlos Monsiv is, Ines Arredondo, and Fernando del Paso. Most of the selections are appearing in English for the first time. Editor Mayo, founding editor of Tameme, a bilingual literary journal that publishes works translated from English to Spanish and vice versa, has written numerous travel books about Mexico. Here, she subdivides the writings by geographic area: "The Border," "The Gulf," "Central Mexico," "The North," "The Southwest," and "Yucatan." This organization allows readers who do not have roots in Mexico or who have never traveled there a glimpse into the rich diversity of people and landscape. For travelers, these selections enhance exploration and offer vistas beyond the scope of the usual tourist guide. For other readers, they provide a clearer understanding of the cultural and social forces that shape today's Mexico. Highly recommended for both public and academic libraries.-Nedra Crowe-Evers, Sonoma Cty. Lib., CA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781883513153
  • Publisher: Whereabouts Press
  • Publication date: 10/15/2006
  • Series: Traveler's Literary Companion Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,449,234
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.20 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award for short fiction, and founding editor of Tameme, one of the most prestigious publishers of Spanish/English literary translation.
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Table of Contents

Big Caca's revenge 1
Malintzin of the Maquilas 21
The silent words 30
According to Evaristo 38
The green bottle 54
Lady of the seas 78
Rancho Santa Ines : fast! 86
Identity hour or, what photos would you take of the endless city? 92
One-way street 101
Oh, Polanco! 107
The emperor in Miravalle 112
Day and night 116
Huaquechula 125
Aunt Elena 136
Banquets 144
And one Wednesday 160
It is nothing of mine 168
Fata Morgana 177
Twins 184
Tarantula 191
She has reddish hair and her name is Sabina 207
Vigil in Tehuantepec 210
Tenebrae service 224
Swift as desire 235
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