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About the Author

Alvaro Uribe is a writer and editor whose work has been published in Mexico's major literary magazines and journals, as well as in publications abroad. He is an editor with the Department of Publications and Editorial Promotion of the National Autonomous University of Mexico.

Editor and publisher of Two Lines: A Journal of Translation in The Arts, Olivia Sears is also a poet and translator. She is the founder and Executive Director of the Center for Art in Translation, a non-profit organization committed to international literature in translation and cross-cultural exchange in the arts.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 450 pages
  • Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press; First edition (February 26, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564785149
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564785145
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 0.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,129,657 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie Brody TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 21, 2013
This anthology, edited by Alvaro Uribe, contains sixteen short stories by Mexican writers born after 1945. It is presented in chronological order with the youngest writer first and the oldest writer last. The left side page is in Spanish and the right-hand page is in English. I read the book in English as I'm not literate in Spanish.

The stories varied in their impact on me with some quite good and others just okay. I liked 'On the Death of the Author', about the last of the Yahi Indians. Ishi, a Yahi Indian wanders outside a California slaughterhouse. He is half-dead from hunger and tuberculosis. He ends up as a display in a San Francisco anthropology museum where he prefers living to his natural environment. The tragedies of his past are examined with great sensitivity and beauty.

'Questioning Samantha' is an unusual story. An eleven year-old girl gets caught having sex during recess in the girls' bathroom of her school. Her father, a widower, doesn't appear to take it at all seriously despite the fact that he is called away from his job by the principal to discuss the matter. He is more concerned about cleaning his dining room windows and getting a different job.

I really enjoyed 'True Friendship', a story about Weinstein and his one-sided friendship and obsession with a man that no one in his family has ever met. This 'friendship' goes on for forty years and Weinstein uses this friend as an excuse for any time he's late or messes up at home or at work. We begin to question whether this friend really exists.

In 'The Preservers', Marta asks her nephew Ignacio to embalm her dead husband Pablo after his death.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Olivas on November 26, 2009
What a wonderfully inventive and (at times) disturbing ride we encounter with the bilingual anthology, "Best of Contemporary Mexican Fiction" (Dalkey Archive Press, $34.95 hardcover; $15.95 paperback), edited by Álvaro Uribe, with Spanish editing by Olivia Sears. (The left page of the open book is in Spanish which faces the English translation.) Uribe notes in his introduction that people often say that "Mexico is a country of poets." He then posits that "[o]ne could say with equal veracity -- and equal neglect of our estimable novelists, essayists, chroniclers, and playwrights -- that Mexico is a country of short story writers." He begins the anthology with a hilarious piece by Vivian Abenshushan entitled "Lukin's Bed" which concerns a man (Lukin) who starts a movement of men who disavow relationships with women. He builds a huge bed where the men in his community could sleep, safe from female companionship. It is a wry commentary on gender roles and human desire. Other stories explore human brutality, sexual desire, cultural hierarchies. The anthology's narratives steer clear from gentle storytelling; these tales are lean, mean and brilliantly woven depictions of modern life. If Franz Kafka were a contemporary Mexican writer, he'd be included in this collection.

[Excerpted from a review originally published in the El Paso Times.]
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By America Reads Spanish on September 11, 2012
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"Sixteen of Mexico's finest fiction writers born after 1945 are collected in this bilingual anthology. Mexican editor Alvaro Uribe selected prominent editors, translators, columnists, professors and the young founder of a new publishing collective. Together they have received dozens of literary prizes. Contents range from small-town drama to tales of urban savagery with most stories and writers appearing in English for the first time." As included and reviewed in "The New Essential Guide to Spanish Reading" which is published by America Reads Spanish: a campaign aimed to increase the use and reading of the Spanish language through the thousands of libraries, schools and book stores in the US.
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