People on the Prowl

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The imaginative and innovative short stories in this collection journey into a world unlimited by time and space. The 15 stories reveal the wit and sharp socio-political satire of the author, and cannibals, military dictators, Sigmund Freud, and the world chess champion are some of the varied and surprising characters the narration brings to life.

"Wonderful translation of Chilean writer's Gente al acecho (1992) comprised of 15 stories and an author's epilogue. Varied themes are neo-Borgesian in...

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Overview

The imaginative and innovative short stories in this collection journey into a world unlimited by time and space. The 15 stories reveal the wit and sharp socio-political satire of the author, and cannibals, military dictators, Sigmund Freud, and the world chess champion are some of the varied and surprising characters the narration brings to life.

"Wonderful translation of Chilean writer's Gente al acecho (1992) comprised of 15 stories and an author's epilogue. Varied themes are neo-Borgesian in cosmopolitan historical and intellectual content, but richer in humor. Tagle's mastery of the text is evident in her engaging work. Cover biography; no further supporting material"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 58.

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"In Collyer's work, no traditional Western institution successfully explains or makes safe the universe. Church, state and commerce, the academic and the psychoanalyst couch: They all fail beneath the onslaught of a primitive unconscious that physically, psychically or literally devours them. People on the Prowl is the revenge or triumph of the primitive."  —The Philadelphia Inquirer
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This collection of short stories by Chilean Collyer were first published in Spanish as Gente al acecho (Planeta, 1992). The 15 stories are from a world of Collyer's imaginative creation, without limits of time or space. We travel from the Danube to the Amazon and from the French Revolution to a modern symposium on ethnology-without being surprised at doing so. Collyer's political and social satire humorously attack Freud, religion, death, cannibals, and chess. Collyer has been compared to Jorge Luis Borges, and the first story, "Our Neighbor's Last Days," is a tribute to Borges's "The Aleph." The author's novels include Los aos perdidos (Almarbu, 1986) and El infiltrado (Mondadori, 1989). For comprehensive Latin American literature collections.-Mary Margaret Benson, Linfield Coll. Lib., McMinnville, Ore.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780935480733
  • Publisher: Latin American Literary Review Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1996
  • Series: Discoveries Series
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 5.41 (w) x 8.67 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

Jaime Collyer is a Chilean writer and a recipient of a Fulbright scholarship and the Premio Municipal de Santiago. He is a contemporary with the "new Chilean narrative" and is the author of numerous novels and short-story collections in his native Spanish. His stories have been published in the Paris Review. Lillian Lorca de Tagle was a writer, translator, journalist, and diplomat. She was honored with an International PEN Award.

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Table of Contents

our neighbor's last days 15
pharaoh exposed 23
visitors' day 33
a man eight years older 37
all the horses in toulon go around naked 43
the last supper 59
entropy 65
a businessman disappears 67
anniversary 85
gray danube 99
round trip ticket 101
king of the jungle 109
an empty cage 121
the lost years 127
the ancestry 147
epilogue 155
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