Scents of Wood and Silence: Short Stories by Latin American Women Writers

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Composed of 23 enlightening stories by Latin American women, this collection pairs internationally known authors such as Isabel Allende, Luisa Valenzuela, Lydia Cabrera, Clarice Lispector and Silvina Ocampo with outstanding translators such as Gregory Rabassa, Margaret Sayers Peden, Diana Vélez, and Jill Levine. The anthology features a general bibliography as well as  individual bibliographies on each author.

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Overview

Composed of 23 enlightening stories by Latin American women, this collection pairs internationally known authors such as Isabel Allende, Luisa Valenzuela, Lydia Cabrera, Clarice Lispector and Silvina Ocampo with outstanding translators such as Gregory Rabassa, Margaret Sayers Peden, Diana Vélez, and Jill Levine. The anthology features a general bibliography as well as  individual bibliographies on each author.

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"Throughout the anthology, the most striking idea, eloquently and effectively communicated, is one of nostalgic loneliness, a sad and wistful longing for connection."  —Publishers Weekly
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This powerful collection gathers 23 stories by women from Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America, some here published in English for the first time, and several never before published. The authors grapple with the frustrations of being female in Latin American culture. In Lydia Cabrera's fable-like, entertaining ``Susundamba Does Not Show Herself by Day,'' personified animals represent human gender conflicts. Mariella Sala's graceful ``From Exile'' is about a writer and mother struggling to find meaning in her life. Some pieces, like Matilde Herrera's ``Eduardito Doesn't Like the Police,'' about the Argentine military dictatorship, focus on more specific political situations. But throughout the anthology, the most striking idea, eloquently and effectively communicated, is one of nostalgic loneliness, a sad and wistful longing for connection. Maria Luisa Puga, in her ``Memories on the Oblique,'' writes, ``It would truly seem that we traipse through the world with shrunken spirits: lame, awkward. And suddenly we run across something . . . lit up . . . and it's just as if we had come home.'' Ross is a professor of Latin American literature at Duke University; Miller is editor of Latin American Literary Review Press. (Dec.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780935480559
  • Publisher: Latin American Literary Review Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1991
  • Series: Discoveries Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 220
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathleen Ross is an editor and the translator of books that include Facundo: Civilization and Barbarism and The Initials of the Earth. Yvette E. Miller is a publisher and the editor of collections that include Isabel Allende Today and Latin American Women Writers: Yesterday and Today.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 11
The Black Sheep 18
The Awakening 30
Tosca 34
Down the Tropical Path 44
Scents of Wood and Silence 48
Susundamba Does Not Show Herself By Day 54
The House 68
Wash Water 82
The Structure of the Soap Bubble 90
Camera Obscura 96
Eduardito Doesn't Like the Police 106
Beauty and the Beast, or, the Wound Too Great 112
Autumn 122
Sometimes in Illyria 126
A Woman at Dawn 134
A Tender Heart 140
Creation (An Autobiographical Story) 146
The Art of Loss 150
The Heat of Things 158
Memories on the Oblique 164
From Exile 172
Tango 180
Death's Pure Fire 184
Bibliography 189
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