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1. Contemporary Latin American Literature
2. Borzoi Anthology of Latin American
3. World Literature and Its Times:
4. The Cambridge History of Latin
5. Transvestism, Masculinity, and
6. Understanding Boris Pasternak
7. Review: Latin American Literature
8. Handbook of Latin American Literature
9. Review, Latin American Literature
10. Christopher Unborn (Latin American
11. Understanding Heinrich Boll (Understanding
12. Latin American Literature in the
13. Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century
14. Latin American Vanguards: The
15. Encyclopedia of Latin American
16. House/Garden/Nation: Space, Gender,
17. The Oxford Book of Latin American
18. Test Tube Envy: Science And Power
19. Home is Where the (He)art Is:
20. Anthology of Contemporary Latin

1. Contemporary Latin American Literature : Original Selections from the Literary Giants for Intermediate and Advanced Students
by Gladys Varona-Lacey
Paperback: 320 Pages (2001-08-01)
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Contemporary Latin American Literature reflects the wealth of great writers of Latin America over the last hundred years, including Jorge Luis Borges, Mario Vargas Llosa, and Noble Prize winners Gabriela Mistral, Pablo Neruda, Octavio Paz, and Gabriel Garcia Márquez. The selections--almost 100 works in their original form--include English definitions for difficult Spanish words. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Spanish Lit
I'm pleased with the book.It's in very good condition and has helped a lot in my class.The shipping took a bit long though. Otherwise great, thanks!

4-0 out of 5 stars Text discrepancy?
We bought this book because it is being used in a class we are taking.It contains a wealth of short stories by well known and respected Latin authors.It is always good to have original literature in the language one is studying and this book is not exception.The study guides and footnotes are helpful as well.We have encountered a problem in the first story we are reading, "Dos Palabras."We have the story in anther book and it seems that there is a discrepancy between the two texts in the beginning of the story.The wording in this book doesn't make much sense.Perhaps there is an error in editing.

5-0 out of 5 stars Muy bien!
I bought this as some sort of follow through after finishing my reading of the Classic Spanish Stories and Plays (Spanish Reader Series).

Browsing through some of the works, it does seem to me that the reader must at least be upper intermediate or advanced in Spanish to fully enjoy this anthology. I understand that the works are unabridged, in their original length and form, so they're a little harder for the average learner.

I recommend getting this book if you plan to buy Classic Spanish Stories and Plays, which you may read first to get a good handle on Spanish then move on to the Contemporary Latin American Literature.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful anthology
Buy two copies, give one to your best Spanish-speaking friend, and keep the other to give to your grandchildren after you've worn it out.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Review for Proficient Non-Native Speakers
I've spoken Spanish since the age of 13 (I'm 60 now) and have been married to a native speaker of Spanish (Puerto Rico) for almost 30 years.Although I don't live in an Hispanic country, my exposure to Spanish is almost on a daily basis, mostly by virtue of household conversations and satellite television programs.What I've always found useful to keep my language active at a professionally competent level are well-chosen anthologies of literary excerpts by established authors in their original format.This anthology delivers exactly that.Ms. Varona-Lacey has done a fine job of selecting from across a wide spectrum of genres to not only introduce popular authors to an interested audience, but also to ensure that the level of difficulty is just right to provide that linguistic challenge to those who want to raise their non-native fluency in the language to higher levels of expertise.Technical and seldom-encountered words are glossed and explained below the page of text, as well as brief explanations of historical personages/events to facilitate comprehension.Her selection of authors is quite inclusive and I cannot think of anyone to add to her list of contributors, although no doubt other reviewers can probably come up with a name or two.I hold a PhD in Foreign Language Education and am a former university professor of both Arabic and Spanish.I would have loved to have used this selection in my third or fourth year Spanish classes had it been available when I was still teaching. ... Read more

2. Borzoi Anthology of Latin American Literature Volume 2
Paperback: 488 Pages (1977-06-12)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Volume 1: The Model of a Well-Done Anthology
This anthology was published in 1977 and contained 116 works by some 70 authors. There were excerpts from 12 historical accounts, 20 novels, letters, essays, poems, a play, a newspaper and an autobiography. There were some 60 poems appearing in full and 6 short stories. The prose works took up about two-thirds of the book, with the remainder split evenly between the poetry and commentaries on each author and selection by the editor, the Uruguayan-born scholar Rodríguez Monegal.

The anthology covered a span of 450 years, from a letter written by Columbus in 1493 to a Spanish official describing his first voyage, to a novel by the Brazilian Lins do Rêgo published in 1943. Except for the Italian explorers Columbus and Vespucci, the authors during the first 300 years or so of this period, its viceroyalties of New Spain (Mexico and Central America), Peru (Spanish South America) and the later subdivisions, as well as Portugal and its colony of Brazil. For this era, the works consisted almost entirely of excerpts from historical accounts, letters and poetry, rather than fiction. Except for the poetry, few of the works were intended as literary creations.

For the final 150 years, following most of the region's independence from Spain and Portugal, there were authors from 12 Latin American nations. Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and Uruguay were best represented. Peru and Chile had only one writer apiece, and there was nothing from Guatemala or Puerto Rico. It was this later period that contained nearly all the excerpts from novels.

The preponderance of factual accounts until the early 1800s, when most of the region won independence, reflected the overwhelming role played there by explorers, administrators, soldiers and priests, while the lack of fiction was attributed to censorship and the low priority given to publishing in general. In the Spanish colonies, for example, novels were banned from circulation during much of the colonial period, although chivalric romances and Don Quixote were sometimes smuggled in. Brazil, settled in the 1500s, lacked a printing press as late as the 1690s. Even with the historical accounts, a number spent centuries in archives before being rediscovered in the 1800s and eventually printed for circulation.

From the colonial period, themes in the selections naturally included the wonders of the New World, encounters with the natives, exploration, hardship and conquest, by the Italians Columbus and Vespucci, the Spaniards Fernández de Oveido, Cabeza de Vaca, Díaz del Castillo, Carvajal and Ercilla y Zuñiga, and the Portuguese Vaz de Caminha. Díaz del Castillo's account of the conquest of Mexico was called the only rival of Don Quixote during the Spanish Golden Age.

A few of the very early works projected onto the New World and its native inhabitants the chivalric behavior the authors had encountered in European romances and lyrical ballads. Other themes included protests against mistreatment of the Indians by the conquistadors, written by the Spanish Dominican priest Las Casas and the Portuguese Jesuit priest Vieira, and descriptions by others of mistreatment of the Indians by settlers of the Amazon basin. Among the most moving denunciations was one made by a priest to the Spanish in the New World, as described by Las Casas, for their enslavement of Indians living there: "Are these not men? Do they not have rational souls? Are you not bound to love them as you love yourselves? Don't you understand this? Don't you feel this? Why are you sleeping in such a profound and lethargic slumber?"

The anthology then showed the beginning of literature in the region by those who were native born. These included the first great native-born writer of prose and a collector of Inca legends, Garcilaso de la Vega (1539-1616); the first great native-born playwright and one of the best of the Spanish Golden Age, Ruiz de Alarcón (1580-1639); and the first great native-born poet, Juana Inés de la Cruz (1651-95). These authors naturally saw themselves as Spanish and Portuguese who happened to be living across the Atlantic from the mother countries. But to the modern reader, they mark the real beginning of Latin American lit.

Also included were native-born chroniclers from the region's rich tradition of bawdy tales: Rodríguez Freile on the people of Bogota in the 1600s, and Arzáns de Orsúa y Vela on the great silver mining region of Potosí from the 1700s. Other types of works included Meléndez' religious biography of Saint Rose of Lima, the first native-born Christian saint, Pineda y Bascuñán's tale of captivity among the Indians, and a picaresque novel by Sigüenza y Góngora based on another person's life. This last book, The Misadventures of Alonso Ramírez (1690), was called a prototype for many narratives in the region that followed: the first-person telling of another's adventures. There were also several anonymous accounts of the failed uprising in the late 1700s against social injustice by the rebel Tupac Amaru II. From the early 1800s, there was an excerpt from Fernández de Lizardi's picaresque novel The Itching Parrot (1816), which the editor called the first real novel published in Latin America and a fundamental influence on modern Spanish American novels.

From the early 1800s, around the time of colonial independence, literary efforts turned away from Spanish and Portuguese models and based themselves largely on more modern literary styles from France and on English romantic poetry. Romanticism entered the region's literature from the 1820s, some decades after Europe, through poets like Olmedo, Heredia and Bello, who were familiar with the English romantic poets, and more heavily in the 1830s through Echeverrìa, influenced by the French. From romanticism onward, the development of the region's lit was closely linked to developments in the French literary world. The writings of Rousseau became the main source of political ideology for the newly created nations in the region, and Hugo and Byron became models for poetic style and political attitude. At the same time, other writers returned to the tradition of Spanish picaresque realism. And still others such as Palma recreated the traditional life of Spanish American society through humorous chronicles of life in the capitals and the provinces during the colonial period, blending realism and a romantic vision in a uniquely Latin American way.

Successive French influences on the region's fiction included the realism of Balzac and naturalism, which entered mainly through the work of the Goncourt Brothers, Maupassant and Zola. Latin American writers mentioned as following or surpassing naturalism included Viana, Quiroga, Güiraldes, Ramos, Lins do Rêgo and Amado in his early novels.

Themes in the novels from the 1800s and thereafter included revolution and the life of the peasants (Guzmán Franco and Azuela), Indian uprisings (Galván), the devouring jungle and brutal exploitation of workers (Rivera), the conflict between civilization and barbarism (Sarmiento, Cunha, Gallegos), city-dwellers (Alencar, called the founding father of Brazilian fiction), the working class of Rio de Janeiro (Almeida), and pointed social satire (Machado de Assis, Barreto). A number of the later Brazilian novels (Cunha, Ramos, Lins do Rêgo, Amado) were set in that country's northeast, a region the editor compared to the American South. As for the gauchos, there were works in prose and poetry showing them as everything from outlaws and idlers (Cancolorcorvo) to brutes in the employ of a dictator, doomed degenerates and a symbol of all that was bad (Echeverrìa, Viana, Sarmiento), to heroes (Güiraldes), an exploited minority (Hernández) and figures of fun (Campo).

The poetry selections covered the Renaissance (Ercilla y Zuñiga), Baroque (Balbuena, Inés de la Cruz, Guevara, Sandoval y Zapata, Matos), neoclassical (Bello), romantic (Olmedo, Heredia, Castro Alves), eclectic (Campo, Hernández, Martí), modernista (Dario, Díaz Mirôn, Casal, Lugones), avant-garde (Herrera y Reissig), and others more individual (Augustini, Tablada, Fernández, López Velarde, Mistral and Reyes). The work from the Renaissance, The Araucana, dating from 1569, was described as the best epic poem in the Spanish language, the national epic poem of Chile, and the first literary text produced in the New World that was based on its own history.

The Baroque poets were claimed to be the first in the region to contribute a really new voice to Hispanic literature, by following European models but taking greater freedom in their style and incorporating elements indigenous to their continent's nature and societies, and the work of Matos was called the foundation of a truly national Brazilian poetry. In the post-colonial period, the work by Hernández on the fictitious gaucho Martín Fierro was described as Argentina's national classic. Finally, the modernistas, led by Darío from the late 1800s and into the new century, won special praise as a coherent movement that was authentically Spanish American, united various strands of development in each country, and reversed the trend of European influence.

Other themes in the collection as a whole, mentioned in passing, included the cycles of revolution in the region (liberation from Spain in the 1800s, Mexico in 1910, Cuba in 1959). Failed revolutionaries transformed into martyrs (Tupac Amaru II in 1781, Che Guevara in 1967). Literary booms, with that enjoyed by Azuela, Rivera and Gallegos in the 1920s preceding that of the 1960s. And the tension in the post-colonial period between the region's political balkanization and individual literatures on the one hand, and the striving on the other toward cultural unity based on a common language, traditions and religious heritage, aimed at a literature written from a continental perspective that transcended national boundaries.

Most of the works were educational and/or enjoyable in one way or another. Among the historical accounts, those by Díaz del Castillo and Garcilaso were especially vivid and entertaining. Also memorable were the grim conflict and doom depicted in Acevedo Díaz' short story "The Battle of the Ruins." And in the excerpts from novels, the struggle of men and nature described vividly in Rivera's "The Vortex" and the bleak poverty shown movingly in Ramos' "Barren Lives."

For the poetry, especially enjoyable was that included by Rubén Darío. It was celebratory ("Learn to be what you are, embodied enigmas . . . Come, cricket, sing in the moonlight; bear, come dance."). Meditative ("We crystallize, in words and thoughts, what the tree would like to say and what it says to the wind, and what the animal manifests with its instincts. But the only difference lies in the way of speaking."). Confrontational when addressed to a northern neighbor ("The voice that would reach you, Hunter, must speak in Biblical tones, or in the poetry of Walt Whitman. You are primitive and modern, simple and complex . . . You think that life is a fire, that progress is an irruption, that the future is wherever your bullet strikes. No."). And despairing ("Happy the tree that scarcely feels, and happier the hard stone not to feel at all, for there is no pain greater than the pain of being alive, nor burden as heavy as conscious existence."). And the poetry of Uruguay's Delmira Augustini ("Hands heaped with secret destinies and jeweled with rings of mystery . . . . hands in which one feels a never-seen dagger, hands in which one sees an intangible scepter . . . . to all of them I managed to link a dream.").

Surprisingly, the anthology contained nothing by Horacio Quiroga, the editor's countryman who's considered a founder of the modern short story in the region. Other prose writers who might've been included were Guatemala's José Milla (1822-82), whose prose sketches satirized the society of his day; Peru's Manuel González Prada (1848-1918), called one of that nation's most influential literary figures and a beacon for socially conscious successors in the region; Chile's Daniel Riquelma (1857-1912), who's been described as that nation's first important writer of short stories; and Mexico's Manuel Gutiérrez Najera (1859-95) who wrote sad, gentle, ironic observations on life.

Also missing were some who wrote poetry satirizing the human condition: a poet of the 1600s, Juan del Valle y Caviedes, who's been compared to Villon, Rafael García Goyena (1766-1823) and Antonio José Irisarri (1786-1868). Or who showed a fascination for black humor or morbid romantic poetry: Mexico's Miguel Acuña (1849-73) and Colombia's José Asunción Silvà (1865-96).

Of the some 70 authors who were included, just three were women: the poets Juana Inés de la Cruz, Delmira Augustini and Gabriela Mistral. Others from the period covered who might've been added were the Cuban poet Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda (1814-73) Argentina's Juana Manuela Gorriti (1818-92), the Peruvian writer of socially committed novels Clorinda Matto de Turner (1853-1909), and the Argentine poet Alfonsina Storni (1892-1938).

Whatever omissions or minor factual inaccuracies there might have been, and however vague the editor's literary arguments in his introduction about "universalizing the parochial," "application of a structuralist method of reading" and "blending Góngora's culteranism with Quevedo's conceptism," the anthology as a whole contained a wealth of writing spanning the centuries, painstakingly collected and skillfully arranged with incisive background that clarified its development. As an introduction to the region's rich literature, it was eye-opening. It's by far the best one-volume intro to the region's literature up through the early 20th century that I've seen.

4-0 out of 5 stars Volume 2: Worthwhile
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.), Donoso (This Sunday), Vargas Llosa (The Green House), Lezama Lima (Paradiso), Sarduy (Cuba with a Song), Cabrera Infante (Three Trapped Tigers) and Arenas (Hallucinations); and the 1970s: Piñon (House of Passion), Puig (The Buenos Aires Affair) and Sáinz (The Princess of the Iron Palace).

The poetry included older poets (Huidobro, Vallejo, Neruda, Gorostiza, Guillén, the two de Andrades -- Mario and Oswald -- Drummond de Andrade and Bandeira) and later ones such as Girri, Padilla and Cardenal.

The book didn't include authors such as Carmen Lyra, Arlt, Pinera, Roa Bastos, Arreola or Monterroso. As with many anthologies for this region before the mid-1980s, only a few female authors were selected: Lispector, Piñon, and the poets Idea Vilareño from Uruguay and Blanca Varela from Peru.

The introduction mentioned numerous connections to the Parisian avant-garde of many poets and prose writers who came of age in the decades before WWII (Borges, Asturias, Carpentier, the poets Huidobro, Vallejo, Moro, Neruda and Paz), while making clear that they avoided mere imitation of European models and effectively integrated into their work either pre-Columbian themes and motifs or the cosmopolitan attitudes of contemporary Latin America.

I found the book very enlightening in terms of the detailed background supplied for the literature, written from firsthand knowledge. For many of the selections themselves, it was somewhat less enjoyable, despite the fact that so many of them and their authors are landmarks in the region's literature. Readers who like high modernist, often surrealist prose and poetry -- fragmented, mythic, sprawling, frequently hermetic -- would be able to appreciate it more.

Most enjoyable for me were a story by Onetti, "A Dream Come True," written in a sharp, realistic style but on a subject, death, that finally transcended realism. And the excerpt of a novel by Puig, compassionately mocking the interview style of fashion magazines and how people transform their lives into drama.

Among the poetry, "Didactic Elegy" by the Brazilian Lêdo Ivo, which mixed black humor and deep sentiment at the passing of time. "Passion Story: Hollywood, California," by the Brazilian Vinicius de Moraes, comically describing the effect of Hollywood films and a beautiful American woman on the narrator. The Brazilian Manuel Bandeira's work from the 1930s on childhood and the passing of time, the Venezuelan Guillermo Sucre's 1970s erotic poetry, and the Cuban Cintio Vitier's poetry on a child's wonder at the world. ... Read more

3. World Literature and Its Times: Latin American Literature and Its Times
by David Galens, Joyce Moss
Hardcover: 624 Pages (1999-08-13)
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4. The Cambridge History of Latin American Literature, Volume 2: The Twentieth Century
Hardcover: 639 Pages (1996-09-13)
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Volume 2 provides coverage of all genres from the end of the nineteenth century up to García Márquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude and beyond to 1990, thus including discussion of Spanish American literature's best-known works. The novel, poetry, autobiographical narrative, the short story, Afro-Hispanic American literature, theater, and Chicano literature are among the areas treated in this wide-ranging volume. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars be aware of the 3 volume set
Overall, I love the Cambridge histories of literature.Unfortunately, this one, on Amazon, was a little misleading.Be aware that there is a 3 volume set for Latin American Literature!When I ordered this, they sent me Volume 3, which only covers Brazil.I sent it back and ordered from the publisher.Apparently the 3 volume set is difficult to find!

5-0 out of 5 stars For Latin Americanists, this is a bible, pure and simple.
One of my prized possessions.Reading these essays, I get a sense of exhileration about the field of Latin American literature and a concomitant sense of devasataion that I will never achieve the mastery evidenced by the contributing scholars. There is great information in this work, and--if you truly love the field--exciting overviews as well.The three volumes are truly the springboard for additional study that they were intended to be, and they really replace Enrique Anderson Imbert, Bellini, and others as the first "go to" handbook.For Latin Americanists, this collection is a bible, pure and simple. ... Read more

5. Transvestism, Masculinity, and Latin American Literature: Genders Share Flesh
by Ben. Sifuentes-Jauregui
Paperback: 256 Pages (2002-02-23)
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This book is the first of its kind-a comprehensive account of transvestism and the performance of gender in Latin American literature and culture. Ben. Sifuentes-Jaureguí explores the figure of the transvestite and his/her relation to the body through a series of canonical Latin American texts. By analyzing works by Alejo Carpentier, José Donoso, Severo Sarduy, and Manuel Puig, alongside critical works in gender studies and queer theory, Sifuentes-Jaureguí shows how transvestism operates not only to destabilize, but often to affirm sexual, gender, national, and political identities. ... Read more

6. Understanding Boris Pasternak (Understanding Modern European and Latin American Literature)
by Larissa Rudova
Hardcover: 211 Pages (1997-04-01)
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7. Review: Latin American Literature and the Arts, Fall 2001 (Review, Latin American Literature and Arts, 63)
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8. Handbook of Latin American Literature (Garland Reference Library of the Humanities, Volume 669)
 Hardcover: 608 Pages (1987-02-01)
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9. Review, Latin American Literature and Arts: Spring 2001 (Review, Latin American Literature and Arts, 62)
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10. Christopher Unborn (Latin American Literature Series)
by Alfred MacAdam
Paperback: 531 Pages (2005-10-30)
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This is the story of the observations of Christopher, still unborn in his mother's womb, who has been conceived so that he can be entered for the great Christopher Columbus prize for being the first child born on 12 October 1992, the anniversary of Columbus's discovery of America. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Fuentes at his most fun and prescient
Currently on a Fuentes kick, I picked up Christopher Unborn. Although written in the 1980's about 1992, Fuentes is completely on target in his subject matter, and his Makesicko of 1992 looks a lot like today.
You will read this and recognize american liberals and conservatives, southern mexican secessionist sympathizers, leftist ideaologues, mall shoppers and reality tv "celebrities" all captured and satirized perfectly. I read this book with a sardonic smile not thinking of the past, but of today.
The man's a genius, and any book of his is worth a good read, but underneath the narrative is a lot of fun. Of the 3 novels I have read, I get the greatest sense that Fuentes truly loved his characters, flawed and cracked as they are.
Some of it is challenging, but Fuentes always is, and usually working through the challenges is highly rewarding.

5-0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
This book was written on the eve of the 500th year anniversary marking the fateful encounter between the Spanish Euoropeans and the various indigenous groups of the Americas. Not so coincidently, the prolific, briliant writer Carlos Fuentes sets the circumstances to this novel to coincide with the event. The premise for the book is a contest being held in Mexico with a great prize offered for the first born child on the 500th anniversary of Columbus's arrival. The child is Christopher, the narrator of the novel who makes shrewd observations about the world he will be born into,all from the comfort of inside his mother. This allows Fuentes, the author, to rip into all of the ills of modern Mexico with his usually witty and sharp use of lanuage. A master at manipulation of common laguage, he changes the words to fit his vision. Several examples of how he changes words are Mexico City to Makesicko City, Kafkapulco, Quasimodo City, Samsaville, Huitzilopochtliburg or President Dangerous Dickson before the Watergate Waterloo, blockabulary for vocabulary,Califurnace, PornoCorno, Coca-Culo and Acapukelco(or did I make this last one up?). However this is nothing compared to the daggers Christopher throws at everything from the devastation of the earthquake and the aftermath, the PRI, Mexican history and all it's tragic consequences including the massacre at Tlateloco, the narco-polices ties to the narco traffickers themselves and in short, all is fair game for Fuentes via his narrator Christopher. His observations on popular culture include everything from Lennon to Lenin to Boy George. It is a scathing, passionate view of the world Chistopher will enter. Christopher contends his nine months inside his mother are when his life began and this comfort and fear of what is out there make the narration a brutal, wry, cynical commentary. The satirical view is enhanced by a cast of characters who all are part of the make up of a world Christopher will inherit. The action of the novel is a backdrop for a political campaign and all it's cast of characters bothfor and against.Some of the names of these politicos and associates are Deng Chopin, Hipi Toltec, Fagoaga, Matamoros Moreno, Robles Chacon and D.C Buckley just to name a few. Coming in at over five hundered pages it is no easy read but totally enjoyable. The literature flows beautifully, creating images as only Carlos Fuentes can. As one of thepreeminent writers of our times, Fuentes unleashes a novel for the times that will be reflected upon years from now as a masterpiece marking the collision of worlds that occurredfive hundred years ago. This is an excellent book for educators at the AP level in high school or college to use for a literature class or to supplement a history course. Highly recommended for anyone interested in Mexico and it's contemporary literature. ... Read more

11. Understanding Heinrich Boll (Understanding Modern European and Latin American Literature)
by Robert C. Conard
Hardcover: 182 Pages (1992-02-01)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Understanding...
This book helps you understand and learn more about Heinrich Boll and his many pieces of work.I found this book very helpful when I had to do a research project on him.The way it breaks down his work makes it easier to understand to a younger reader like me.(I am 15 years old.)If you love Boll's work, or are doing a project on him, I would recomend this book!It helps a lot! ... Read more

12. Latin American Literature in the 20th Century: A Guide
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13. Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century Latin American and Caribbean Literature, 19002003 (Encyclopedias of Contemporary Culture)
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Written by a team of international contributors this work contains more than 200 entries on all aspects of literature. It will be invaluable for those studying Latin American and/or Caribbean literature and the Spanish/Portuguese languages. ... Read more

14. Latin American Vanguards: The Art of Contentious Encounters (Latin American Literature and Culture)
by Vicky Unruh
Paperback: 332 Pages (1994-12-15)
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Asin: 0520087941
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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In this first comprehensive study of Latin America's literary vanguards of the 1920s and 1930s, Vicky Unruh explores the movement's provocative and polemic nature. Latin American vanguardism--a precursor to the widely acclaimed work of contemporary Latin American writers--was stimulated by the European avant-garde movements of the World War I era. But as Unruh's wide-ranging study attests, the vanguards of Latin America--emerging from the continent's own historical circumstances--developed a very distinct character and voice.
Through manifestos, experimental texts, and ribald public performance, the vanguardists' work intertwined art, culture, and the politics of the day to produce a powerful brand of aesthetic activism, one that sparked an entire rethinking of the meaning of art and culture throughout Latin America. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars a contemporary masterpiece
despite its academic rigor, this book simultaneously entertains and elevates.it provides accessible perspective on the actions and reactions of the latin american avante garde during a period that has been sadly and negligently neglected by others.

reading his book is a transformative experience.the author's deft wit makes the complex comprehensible.her style can only be characterized as sublime. ... Read more

15. Encyclopedia of Latin American Literature
 Kindle Edition: 950 Pages (2009-02-20)
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Asin: B000SIEQJK
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5-0 out of 5 stars THE fount of info. for Latin American Lit. Scholars
Verity Smith has compiled a work that will stand the test of time for years to come.As a starting point, this tome is indispensible to the serious scholar of Latin American Literature, rivaling Foster's Handbook ofLatin American Literature. ... Read more

16. House/Garden/Nation: Space, Gender, and Ethnicity in Post-Colonial Latin American Literatures by Women (Post-Contemporary Interventions)
by Ileana Rodriguez
 Hardcover: 240 Pages (1994-01-01)
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Asin: 0822314509
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How ironic, the author thought on learning of the Sandinista’s electoral defeat, that at its death the Revolutionary State left Woman, Violeta Chamorro, located at the center. The election signaled the end of one transition and the beginning of another, with Woman somewhere on the border between the neo-liberal and marxist projects. It is such transitions that Ileana Rodríguez takes up here, unraveling their weave of gender, ethnicity, and nation as it is revealed in literature written by women.
In House/Garden/Nation the narratives of five Centro-Caribbean writers illustrate these times of transition: Dulce María Loynáz, from colonial rule to independence in Cuba; Jean Rhys, from colony to commonwealth in Dominica; Simone Schwarz-Bart, from slave to free labor in Guadeloupe; Gioconda Belli, from oligarchic capitalism to social democratic socialism in Nicaragua; and Teresa de la Parra, from independence to modernity in Venezuela. Focusing on the nation as garden, hacienda, or plantation, Rodríguez shows us these writers debating the predicament of women under nation formation from within the confines of marriage and home.
In reading these post-colonial literatures by women facing the crisis of transition, this study highlights urgent questions of destitution, migration, exile, and inexperience, but also networks of value allotted to women: beauty, clothing, love. As a counterpoint on issues of legality, policy, and marriage, Rodriguez includes a chapter on male writers: José Eustacio Rivera, Omar Cabezas, and Romulo Gallegos. Her work presents a sobering picture of women at a crossroads, continually circumscribed by history and culture, writing their way.
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17. The Oxford Book of Latin American Short Stories (Latin American Literature)
Hardcover: 496 Pages (1997-09-25)
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Asin: 0195095901
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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The Oxford Book of Latin American Short Stories brings together 53 stories that span the history of Latin American literature, including selections by such notable authors as Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Mario Vargas Llosa, and Carlos Fuentes. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Spanish Literature
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.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Resource of Latin American Literature
This was a required book for a college course, but the stories are interesting and entertaining none the less.

3-0 out of 5 stars The Good, the Bad, and the Indifferent
There are too many stories here that can not be called great literature. Latin American writing is better than this! This anthology does it a great disservice. ... Read more

18. Test Tube Envy: Science And Power In Argentine Narrative (The Bucknell Studies in Latin American Literature and Theory)
by J. Andrew Brown
Hardcover: 262 Pages (2005-07)
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Asin: 0838756131
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19. Home is Where the (He)art Is: The Family Romance in Late Twentieth-century Mexican and Argentine Theater (The Bucknell Studies in Latin American Literature and Theory)
by Sharon Magnarelli
Hardcover: 293 Pages (2008-05-31)
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Asin: 0838757073
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20. Anthology of Contemporary Latin American Literature, 1960-1984
by Barry J. Luby
Hardcover: 319 Pages (1986-09)
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Asin: 0838632556
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