A bilingual collection of 16 approximately contemporary stories chosen as their favorites by such esteemed translators as...

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PROSPERO'S MIRROR: A Translators' Portfolio of Latin American Short Fiction

A bilingual collection of 16 approximately contemporary stories chosen as their favorites by such esteemed translators as Gregory Rabassa, Edith Grossman, and Helen Lane. Editor Stavans contributes an imposingly learned prefatory essay (""Translation and Identity""), and the translators themselves add informative brief prefaces to such pleasant surprise inclusions as Uruguayan Felisberto Hern‡ndez's edgy ""The Crocodile""; Argentinian Ana Maria Shœa's hilarious tale of domestic mayhem and embattled parenthood (""A Good Mother""); and Dalton Trevisan's droll minimalist vignette ""Three Shots in the Afternoon."" This high-concept anthology helpfully showcases several other lesser-known writers as well--and joins Oxford's Book of Latin American Short Stories (1997) as one of the best currently available volumes in its field.

Pub Date: May 1, 1998

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: 327

Publisher: Curbstone

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 1998