Short Fiction by Hispanic Writers of the United States

Overview

Fiction. SHORT FICTION BY HISPANIC WRITERS OF THE UNITED STATES includes representative works by the most celebrated Cuban-American, Mexican-American and Puerto Rican writers of short fiction in this country. The texts cover the full range of expression, themes and styles of U.S. Hispanics and are introduced by informative entries which place the authors in their cultural and historical frameworks.

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Overview

Fiction. SHORT FICTION BY HISPANIC WRITERS OF THE UNITED STATES includes representative works by the most celebrated Cuban-American, Mexican-American and Puerto Rican writers of short fiction in this country. The texts cover the full range of expression, themes and styles of U.S. Hispanics and are introduced by informative entries which place the authors in their cultural and historical frameworks.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Editor Kanellos, who teaches creative writing at the University of Houston, has mined literary gold from the rich vein of contemporary American Hispanic fiction. Max Martinez's tale of sexual fantasy is more about oppression and its effects on Mexican-Americans in Texas than it is about sex. Ed Vega explores the roots of machismo in a Puerto Rican writer in New York City who needs to avenge a perceived assault on his manhood. Margarita Mondrus Engle and Roberto Fernandez poignantly and metaphorically show how Cuban-Americans react to the artificial barriers between their two homelands. In another piece, Fernandez describes a healing miracle in the midst of the barrio, mixing Hispanic mysticism with American materialism. Kanellos has selected carefully: none of the stories are polemical. Lessons are inferred and the sense of apartness is implied, not explicit. At the heart of every tale are real people trying to survive in a society stacked against them, using humor, folklore, magic, hard work, sex, deference, arrogance and any other weapon they can summon to the battle. These are entertaining yet powerful works of short fiction. (May)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558850446
  • Publisher: Arte Publico Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1993
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 285
  • Sales rank: 1,185,366
  • Lexile: 1000L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 7
14
Evening in Paris 15
22
City of Angels 23
30
Amanda 31
40
Retrieving Varadero 41
Miracle on Eight & Twelfth 47
52
The Day They Took My Uncle 53
64
Too Much His Father's Son 65
72
Coming Home I 73
Coming Home V 77
82
Faustino 83
124
Aunt Rosana's Rocker 125
144
Nina 145
150
Cara de caballo 151
The Curing Woman 155
162
The Greatest Performance (Chapter 1) 163
176
Silent Dancing 177
186
La Jonfonteyn 187
200
First Communion 201
The Salamanders 205
210
Buffalo Nickel (Chapter 1) 211
Buffalo Nickel (Chapter 9) 218
224
A Perfect Hot Spot 225
232
Amena Karanova 233
258
Spanish Roulette 259
270
Story from Rain of Gold 271
280
The Moths 281
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