A strong collection of 20 stories by as many writers, most of whom will be new to American readers. Women's exploited and...

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"FIRE FROM THE ANDES: Short Fiction by Women from Bolivia, Ecuador, and Peru"

A strong collection of 20 stories by as many writers, most of whom will be new to American readers. Women's exploited and oppressed condition is prominently explored, both in dreamlike, folkloric stories (Eugenia Viteri's ""The Ring,"" Marcela GutiÆ’rrez's ""The Feathered Serprent"") and overtly political ones (Giancarla de Quiroga's ""Of Anguish and Illusions,"" Blanca Elena Paz's ""The Light""). The best, which elude these and other categories, are Nela Mart'nez's ""La Machorra"" and Laura Riesco's eerie ""The Twins of Olmeda Court."" Editors Benner and Leonard also include helpful introductions and ample bibliographical information, making this attractive volume a fine work of scholarship as well.

Pub Date: April 1, 1998

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: 208

Publisher: Univ. of New Mexico

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1998