The Conjurer and Other Azorean Tales

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Born from the fertile volcanic soil and the sea and mists surrounding the Azorean islands, the characters who inhabit these stories blend realism with magic. Like the nine Muses, each island has its own special attributes. Whether searching for love, power, or meaning, these characters are subject to the whims of Fate and Fortune. Here the commonplace present confronts forces both natural and supernatural. In the Azorean microcosm, they come to represent a far larger sphere, embodying the foibles and ...
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Overview

Born from the fertile volcanic soil and the sea and mists surrounding the Azorean islands, the characters who inhabit these stories blend realism with magic. Like the nine Muses, each island has its own special attributes. Whether searching for love, power, or meaning, these characters are subject to the whims of Fate and Fortune. Here the commonplace present confronts forces both natural and supernatural. In the Azorean microcosm, they come to represent a far larger sphere, embodying the foibles and idiosyncrasies of humanity the world over.
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Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
2014-03-19
Kastin (The Undiscovered Island, 2009) uses the landscape and culture of the Azores, his maternal homeland, to marvelous effect in this spellbinding collection of short stories that tend toward folklore and magical realism.Nine islands off the coast of Portugal are the setting for this debut collection of 18 stories that reach for universality in both meaning and appeal. Each tale chronicles the curious fate of an islander beset by forces of nature, the supernatural, and often family and neighbors. A woman can steal others' pain; another, after hearing angelic voices in the waves, is swept out to sea only to return alive, though she now grows seasick on solid ground. A dress can win a man's love. Witch conjurings can carry a fisherman's boat from its dock to a distant beach, landing him at the feet of his future wife. Even death might not detach men and women from the patterns of life: A skeleton craves and tastes wine, and relationships flourish among the dead. Kastin's captivating stories are beautifully crafted, transporting readers on these strange journeys. The conflicts and travails have a timeless air; only a few are unambiguously set in modern times, and most could take place at any point in the last few centuries. Each story stands and succeeds alone, yet as a whole, the collection offers a convincing view of life as a fierce adventure, often uncontrollable and always awe-inspiring. In this stellar show of magical realism, the supernatural is accepted as fact by characters who observe or encounter it. For better or worse, it informs and transforms their lives. Readers, too, will be enchanted by its power.An extremely impressive blend of escapism and portraiture of the human condition, following in the footsteps of Jorge Luis Borges and Gabriel García Márquez.
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"For any lover of fairy tales and questioner of life beyond the grave, this compilation is an absolute joy, flawless in both selection and delivery."—San Francisco and Sacramento Book Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933227412
  • Publisher: Tagus Press at UMass Dartmouth
  • Publication date: 12/11/2012
  • Series: Portuguese in the Americas Series
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 1,300,739
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

DARRELL KASTIN was born in Los Angeles, the son of an Azorean mother and a father of Russian/Jewish descent. His novel, The Undiscovered Island, won the 2010 IPPY Independent Publisher's Silver Award for Multicultural Fiction. He is also a musician and a composer.
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Table of Contents

The Conjurer
The Last Troubadour of Lusitania
Dona Leonor’s Dress
Alfredo’s Timeless Death
Maria Almeida’s Miraculous Fate
The Witches and the Fisherman • The Thief of Santa Inês • The Newest Star • The Secret Place • The Blind Man of Praia Negra
A Night on the Town • The Wounds
The Lost Voice
Constança’s War with the Elements • The Exile
Eduardo’s Promise
The Saint of Quebrado do Caminho
Night Magic
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