In The Portable Museum, readers will discover extraordinary and unexpected short stories by some of the best authors from Spain and Latin America:
Hebe Uhart brings her astute observational skills and dry humor to bear on the world of academia in provincial Argentina in "The Event Planner." "The Boarding House," by Uruguayan cult favorite Mario Levrero, chronicles a young man's search for independence in prose as labyrinthine and strange as his quirky, and sometimes unsettling, home. Javier S�ez de Ibarra's "The Gift of the Word" skillfully weaves a common thread through the stories of a mother-to-be, a fifth-century religious hermit, a deceitful husband, Franz Kafka, and more. In "Conversation by the Pond," Dany Salvatierra infuses the tale of a severely dysfunctional mother-daughter relationship with his delightfully dark humor, while Juan Villoro's "Mariachi" brings readers along on a Mexican folksinger's hilarious misadventures in European indie filmmaking as he attempts to escape his fate as a national stereotype.
About the Author
Mario Levrero (born Jorge Mario Varlotta Levrero, Uruguay, 1940-2004) was a photographer, bookseller, comic writer, humorist, and author of crosswords and brainteasers. He hated interviews and loved mystery novels and film. Although a cult author during his lifetime, it was not until after his death that he came to be regarded as a major Latin American literary figure.
Javier S�ez de Ibarra (Spain, 1961) is a high school literature professor. With his wife, Viviana Paletta, he has curated twenty anthologies in Spanish for the publisher P�ginas de Espuma. His short story collection Mirar al agua (Watching the Water) won the First International Ribera del Duero Short Story Prize in 2009.
Dany Salvatierra (Peru, 1980) lives between Lima, Madrid, and Boston with his partner. The first edition of his short story collection, Terapia de grupo (Group Therapy, 2010), sold out in only six months. In 2012, he published his first novel, El s�ndrome de Berl�n (The Berlin Syndrome), which was voted Best Novel of the Year by the readers of the newspaper "El Comercio."
Hebe Uhart (Argentina, 1936) has published sixteen works: eleven short story collections, three novellas, and two travel chronicles. Her 2011 collection of short stories Relatos reunidos (Collected Stories) won the Premio Fundaci�n El Libro al Mejor Libro Argentino de Creaci�n Literaria.
uan Villoro (Mexico, 1956) is currently a professor of literature at the Universidad Nacional Aut�noma de M�xico (UNAM), and has been a visiting professor at Princeton, Yale, Boston University, and Universitat Pompeu Fabra. He has received awards for his work as a fiction writer, essayist, author of children�s books, and his translations from German and English.
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