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Product Details

  • Paperback: 481 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (January 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195130855
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195130850
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,375 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This remarkably comprehensive anthology showcases the work of 52 writers, ranging from the 16th-century ``Colonial Period'' to such comparatively little known contemporary storytellers as Cuban Antonio Ben¡tez Rojo and Venezuela's Jos‚ Balza. Editor Gonz lez Echevarr¡a persuasively argues that this rich literature emerges from a long-established conscious tradition, locates the sources of its preference for short fiction in the influences of travelers' tales and native cultures' story cycles, and has eminently sensible things to say about late-19th-century ``Modernismo'' and the so- called ``Boom'' of the 1960s that brought ``magical realism'' to international attention. Above all, he has chosen stories equally representative of Latin American political and aesthetic (often surrealistic) emphases. Among the best: (Cuban) Alejo Carpentier's ``Journey Back to the Source,'' a story told--most ingeniously--in reverse; Felisberto Hern ndez's nightmarish ``The Daisy Dolls'' (Uruguay); and Brazilian Joao Guimaraes Rosa's magnificent parabolic tale, ``The Third Bank of the River.'' An essential and wonder-full book. -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"The Oxford Book of Latin American Short Stories is a superb collection, brilliantly edited by Roberto González Echevarría. His introductions are enlightening and informative; the stories themselves, whether Hispanic American or Brazilian, are always of high aesthetic merit, covering the entire range from Borges to Arenas."--Harold Bloom, Sterling Professor of Humanities, Yale University



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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Peck on February 25, 2013
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As far as the actual physical book goes, the cover was very stiff which I would list as the only con. The stories are a great collection. They begin with early, pre-Colombian stories and travel through Latin American history to modern day stories. A variety of authors' stories are included, both well-known and not.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. C. Galvez on September 27, 2011
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This book always has me returning back to it. The allegorical questions each story presents can be questioned, debated and even leave you feeling a bit of a void somewhere in you. I found that you must read the introduction of each author first in order to determine what style of writing they are portraying. In some cases an author might be a surrealist, and not understanding that tiny piece of information may have you thinking the whole story is about just the "train". I would suggest first going into these stories understanding that violence and death are traditional to stories from the Latin cultures before reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Justine on March 28, 2013
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I bought this book as a required text for one of my college classes. I found the book very interesting and very insightful in the world of Latin American writers.
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This is a great anthology of stories by well known Latin-American writers, some of whom are Nobel Prize winners for literature. The short introduction to each story gives an explanation of the author's life, genre of the story and how the selection fits into the author's body of work. This anthology has been very helpful in introducing the reader to Latin-American authors and literature.
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By Q on February 14, 2014
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Book needed for a class at the Cal State level. It arrived before the expected date of arrival. Not the most interesting read.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. Leone on June 12, 2009
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This was exactly what I needed, ordered and received. Great book, was a *little* worn when received, but now is officially beat up a bit, LOL!! I am keeping the book, however, as I really love the stories/excerpts that the editor included.
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