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Fuguet's own bicultural upbringing has provided him with the sensitivity to delve into the impact of America's pop culture in Latin America as well as the influence of all things "Latin" in the USA. He explores the cultural contradictions, the similarities, and how this cultural friction has influenced one another.

Shorts opens our eyes to the wider spectrum of Latinos living in America; those who migrate into the U.S. in order to be a part of what the characters in this ...

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Overview

Fuguet's own bicultural upbringing has provided him with the sensitivity to delve into the impact of America's pop culture in Latin America as well as the influence of all things "Latin" in the USA. He explores the cultural contradictions, the similarities, and how this cultural friction has influenced one another.

Shorts opens our eyes to the wider spectrum of Latinos living in America; those who migrate into the U.S. in order to be a part of what the characters in this collection perceive as a free paradise they call "Yankee Bohemia", only to have their fantasy deflated by the suburban reality they are confronted by.

With characters eager to be part of this "Yankee Bohemia", Fuguet grants readers access into an international creative community based in the United States that leave all they know in order to "make it" in America. What Fuguet accomplishes is a chronicle of the often hysterical, sad, and bizarre existence of those who feel that what they "create" in America will make them heroes in their countries, to their families, and finally give themselves the satisfaction of feeling like they have truly made it, only to realize they are very far from doing so.

As always, Fuguet masterfully explores perception vs. reality, dreams found and those lost, and how pop culture influences our lives. This book is a journey through which two cultures connect as well as collide.

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Editorial Reviews

Alberto Manguel
Fuguet's Spanish is clipped, exact, unpretentious, capable of assimilating a pop vocabulary without making it sound jarring, allowing it to mesh with passages of formal classical beauty. Ezra E. Fitz has produced a translation of miraculous clarity, intelligence and immense readability.
— The Washington Post
Library Journal
Following up on the cinematic obsession evident in his 2003 novel, The Movies of My Life, Fuguet scripts eight movie "shorts" ranging in length from two-page stories to a 100-page novelette. In keeping with his own position against magic realism (called McOndo), these stories are a throwback to realism and have a touch of cin ma v rit added in. The debt to realism is no more honest and direct than in "Truth and Consequences," a road story in the Jack Kerouac vein. Each story has a distinct flavor, and some are particularly innovative, e.g., "Far West," in which Fuguet features an interview, and "Magic Hour" and "More Stars Than There Are in Heaven," in which he features a screenplay. After all, as one of Fuguet's characters says: "It's a short piece. You can experiment more with them." The displaced characters are well developed but eccentric, from the quirky pet owner in "Children" to the suffering existentialist of "Lost." This collection, with a variety of stories and styles, provides full-length entertainment. Recommended for public and academic collections.-Lawrence Olszewski, OCLC Lib. & Information Ctr., Dublin, OH Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Time Out New York
“This inventiveness often becomes surprisingly powerful...the author casually stumbles upon moments of great revelation...”
New York Times Book Review
“A clever writer—an old fashioned cafe realist—who portrays a certain stratum of Latin American society on its bruised knees
Washington Post
“Proof of Fuguet’s superb storytelling craft.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061762734
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/13/2009
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • File size: 585 KB

Meet the Author

Born in Santiago de Chile, Alberto Fuguet spent his early childhood in California. He is one of the most prominent Latin American authors of his generation and one of the leaders of the literary movement known as McOndo, which proclaims the end of magical realism. He has been a film critic and a police reporter. He lives in Santiago de Chile.

Alberto Fuguet nació en Santiago de Chile, y pasó su infancia en California. Es uno de los autores latinoamericanos más destacados de su generación y uno de los líderes de McOndo, el movimiento literario que proclama el fin del realismo mágico. Ha sido crítico de cine y reportero policial. Vive en Santiago.

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