MASTERWORKS OF LATIN AMERICAN SHORT FICTION by Jr. Canfield

MASTERWORKS OF LATIN AMERICAN SHORT FICTION

Eight Novellas
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 Masterworks Of Latin American Short Fiction ($25.00; Oct. 1996; 400 pp.; 0-06-431502-9): A wonderful gathering of eight novellas, prefaced by a lengthy and knowledgeable introduction by Ilan Stavans, including rarely seen fiction from several of the greatest (and most neglected) modern and contemporary Latin American masters. Only Gabriel Garc°a M†rquez's deliciously fantastic ``The Incredible and Sad Tale of Innocent Erendira and Her Heartless Grandmother'' is at all familiar--and readers who appreciate his trademark magical realism will find brilliant variations on it in such memorable tales as Joo Guimares Rosa's ``My Uncle, the Jaguar'' (set in the Brazilian ``backlands'' immortalized in his novels and stories), Julio Cortazar's quicksilver portrayal of a jazz musician seemingly based on the figure of Charlie Parker (``The Pursuer''), and Felisberto Hernandez's ``The Daisy Dolls,'' a gothic surrealist fantasy reminiscent (and very nearly worthy) of Kafka. An invaluable anthology.

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1996
ISBN: 0-06-431502-9
Page count: 400pp
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 1996




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