The Collected Stories Of Moacyr Scliar

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From Brazil's most distinguished and important Jewish writer comes this anthology comprised of six collections: in The Carnival of the Animals, Scliar uses political allegory to convey what was normally censored during the height of repression under Brazil's military regime. These tragicomic stories reveal Scliar's interest in issues of oppression, persecution, holocaust, mutability, and the interplay between good and evil. The Ballad of the False Messiah develops the theme of postponement in the sense that for ...
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Overview

From Brazil's most distinguished and important Jewish writer comes this anthology comprised of six collections: in The Carnival of the Animals, Scliar uses political allegory to convey what was normally censored during the height of repression under Brazil's military regime. These tragicomic stories reveal Scliar's interest in issues of oppression, persecution, holocaust, mutability, and the interplay between good and evil. The Ballad of the False Messiah develops the theme of postponement in the sense that for Jews redemption is always postponed in a vain wait for the Messiah. In The Tremulous Earth Scliar explores cruelty and violence in the tenuous lives of his characters, but his experience as a medical doctor informs his compassion for human frailty. Scliar expands his use of fantasy and magical realism in The Dwarf in the Television Set in topics that range from Jewish prophets to marital revenge. The Enigmatic Eye has been described as a masterpiece evoking the enigmas of art and life, and in Van Gogh's Ear, Scliar uses dark and subtle humor in a collection of biblical parables. Here witchcraft, magic, conundrums, and labyrinths are shown to be part of everyday life. A final autobiographical piece ties the collections together in which Scliar discusses his membership in Jewish, medical, gaucho, and Brazilian "tribes."

These powerful stories, individually humorous, bleak, or haunting, together bring a compelling voice of the Jewish Diaspora to the wide readership it deserves.

"Superb volume consists of Scliar's six collections of stories published between 1968-89, three of which have never before been rendered into English. Excellently translated, work conveys in fluent, evocative prose Scliar's enormous success in this difficult form. Stories range from biblical parables, through magical realism, to fantastic and humorous accounts. Concludes with a short autobiographical essay"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 58.

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...one of the most comprehensively "Jewish writers" in Latin America.... Scliar's writing provides a much-needed alternative... because of its very secure grounding in a complex material culture of Brazil.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826319128
  • Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/1999
  • Series: Jewish Latin America Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 500
  • Product dimensions: 1.11 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Ilan Stavans is the Lewis-Sebring Professor of Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College. Series editor of Jewish Latin America, he is also the author of The One-Handed Pianist and Other Stories, Art and Anger, (UNM Press), and many other books.

Ilan Stavans is the Lewis-Sebring Professor of Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College. Series editor of Jewish Latin America, he is also the author of The One-Handed Pianist and Other Stories, Art and Anger, (UNM Press), and many other books.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
The Lions 3
The She-Bears 4
Rabbits 7
The Cow 10
The Dog 13
Shazam 16
The Fishing Tournament 20
We Gunmen Mustn't Feel Pity 22
Blind Man and Amigo Gedeao Alongside the Highway 24
The Pause 27
Of Cannibals 30
The Aging Marx 32
Leo 40
A House 42
The Phantom Train 46
The Day When We Killed James Cagney 47
Vegetable Kingdom 50
Navigation Chart 52
Ecology 56
Before Making the Investment 58
Communication 62
Hello! Hello! 63
Dr. Shylock 64
The Ballad of the False Messiah 69
Don't Release the Cataracts 76
New Year, New Life 79
The Scalp 82
The Spider 86
Agenda of Executive Jorge T. Flacks for Judgment Day 88
Eating Paper 90
The Evidence 92
The Offerings of Dalila Store 100
The Short-Story Writers 104
Quick, Quick 151
The Price of the Living Steer 163
Youth Is an Eternal Treasure 165
Grand Prize 167
Friends 171
It's Time to Fall 173
The Thief 178
Requiem 180
Images 183
The Picnic 185
Rest in Peace 190
Festive Dawn 194
Skinny Enough to Become a Kite 196
Profile of the Hen of the Golden Eggs as She Lay Dying 199
Capital Punishment 206
The Last One 209
The Riddle 210
The Dream 211
The Shadow 212
Stories of the Tremulous Earth 214
The Prophets of Benjamin Bok 225
Ah, Mommy Dear 235
Good Night, Love 239
The Apex of the Pyramid 245
A Porto Alegre Story 249
The Noises in the Attic 253
At the Figtree Retreat 257
The Secret Tourists 261
Milton and His Competitor 263
The Soothsayer 264
A Vacancy 266
In a State of Coma 269
The Dwarf in the Television Set 284
The Memoirs of a Researcher 288
The Loves of a Ventriloquist 297
The Peal of Bells at Christmas 302
The Phantom Ship 306
The Enigmatic Eye 311
Inside My Dirty Head-The Holocaust 314
Five Anarchists 318
Among the Wise Men 321
The Conspiracy 322
The Prodigal Uncle 325
Root Canal Treatment 328
The Interpreter 338
Atlas 342
A Brief History of Capitalism 346
A Public Act 350
Burning Angels 352
Free Topics 353
The Password 355
The Emissary 361
The Candidate 362
General Delivery 365
In the Submarine Restaurant 367
Peace and War 369
The Blank 372
Many Many Meters Above Good and Evil 374
Prognoses 377
Real Estate Transactions 379
Life and Death of a Terrorist 381
Resurrection 383
Genesis 385
The Plagues 389
Don't Think About It, Jorge 404
Van Gogh's Ear 405
The Fragment 408
The Decision Tree 409
Jigsaw Puzzles 410
The March of the Sun in the Temperate Regions 411
The Diary of a Lentil Eater 428
Misereor 432
The Calligraphers' Union 437
French Current Events 444
A Job for the Angel of Death 447
The Right Time 449
The Public Enemy 451
The Message 454
Unpublished Works 454
A Minute of Silence 458
The Prince 459
The Problem 460
In the World of Letters 461
Sensitive Skin 462
The Surprise 464
The Winner: An Alternative View 465
Memoirs of an Anorexic 466
Epilogue - In the Tribe of the Short-Story Writers: A Deposition 471
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