From Publishers Weekly
"Until very recently," novelist Allende writes in the foreword to this comprehensive collection, "Latin American literature was-with very few exceptions-a man's game." No more. Combining prominent names such as Luisa Valenzuela, Elena Poniatowska and Allende with others little known outside their home countries, this anthology shows off the wealth of fiction being written today by Latin American women. Editor Correas de Zapata, a San Jose State University professor of Hispanic literature, has chosen stories from around the continent and the Spanish-speaking Caribbean. Brazilian author Clarice Lispector's "Looking for Some Dignity" is a bracing tale of an elderly women's creeping senility and waning sense of self. A number of stories, such as "Sophie and the Angel," by Cuba's Dora Alonso, about an old widow visited by an angel playing an electric guitar, show that Latin American men don't hold the patent on magic realism. Others, such as "Cloud Cover Caribbean," by Ana Lydia Vega of Puerto Rico, are firmly in the realist tradition; in this case, a refugee boat heading toward Miami founders because of the mutual mistrust of the passengers. If there's a flaw, it's that the sheer number of authors-31 in all-coupled with the brevity of each selection make it difficult for individual voices to stand out. The editor clearly favors breadth over depth, showcasing as many writers as possible in this appealing smorgasbord.
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From Library Journal
This thoughtful collection is another welcome addition to the small but growing body of literature by contemporary Latin American women writers in translation. (See, for instance, Landscapes of a New Land , LJ 12/89.) The anthology includes 32 short stories by 31 women from 14 countries. The writers are all well known in their own countries, but few--except Isabel Allende, who has also written the foreword--will be known to most readers in this country. The other writers, including Clarice Lispector, Carmen Naranjo, Luisa Valenzuela, Rima de Vallbona, and others, certainly deserve our recognition. Correas de Zapata's scholarly introduction sets the tone for the collection, which should be enjoyed by nonscholars as well.- Mary Margaret Benson, Linfield Coll . Lib., McMinnville, Ore.
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