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Borzoi Anthology of Latin American Literature Volume 2 Paperback – June 12, 1977


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  • Paperback: 488 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf; Edition Unstated edition (June 12, 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394733665
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394733661
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,369,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Reader in Tokyo on May 31, 2008
This anthology was published in 1977 by Rodríguez Monegal, a noted literary critic and scholar of Latin American literature, as well as editor of an influential literary magazine during the Latin American "boom" of the 1960s. He himself helped launch the careers of Cabrera Infante, Puig and Sarduy, besides promoting writers such as García Márquez, Fuentes and Vargas Llosa. His anthology is one of the earliest comprehensive ones in English compiled by someone actually from the region; later ones included González Echevarría's Oxford Book of Latin American Short Stories (1997) and Fuentes' Vintage Book of Latin American Stories (1998).

The anthology covered the period from the 1920s to the early 70s, focusing especially on the 1950s and 60s. It differed from others read for the region in including many excerpts from novels and much poetry, rather than mainly short stories; the poetry comprised about a third of the book. A substantial amount of background information on the authors was also included, amounting to about 15% of the book. There were 14 excerpts from novels, 11 short stories and 115 poems, by 65 authors from 11 nations. In prose, Argentina, Brazil and Cuba were the best-represented countries. In poetry, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Mexico and Peru.

The excerpts from novels were written or published in the 1920s: Mario de Andrade (Macunaíma); the 1940s: Carpentier (The War of Time) and Asturias (El Señor Presidente); the 1950s: Guimarães Rosa (The Devil to Pay in the Backlands); the 1960s: Sabato (On Heroes and Tombs), Lispector (The Passion According to G. H.
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