Search Results: "Alejandro Zambra"


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MULTIPLE CHOICE by Alejandro Zambra
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 19, 2016

"Though the overall effect is fragmentary, Zambra's fragments are consistently witty and provocative. A-minus."
True or false: can effective fiction be written in the format of a standardized test? Read full book review >

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THE PRIVATE LIVES OF TREES by Alejandro Zambra
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 20, 2010

"A fleeting story translated with care—worth savoring."
So often, we don't miss the things we love until we're sure they're gone for good—that's part of the lesson in this elegant, all-too-brief novella from prize-winning Chilean novelist and poet Zambra (Bonsai, 2008). Read full book review >

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MY DOCUMENTS by Alejandro Zambra
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"Winningly arch and unusual takes on common household predicaments."
Eleven quirky tales from the Chilean novelist (Ways of Going Home, 2013, etc.), powered by people's fear of relationships and the strange ways we project our urge for connection onto others.Read full book review >

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WAYS OF GOING HOME by Alejandro Zambra
Released: Jan. 8, 2013

"A metafictional layer cake of political, technical and poetic reflection—short, deft and striking."
How does the experience of dictatorship impact the children, and what is the relationship between writers and their material, asks a noted Chilean novelist. Read full book review >

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THE REAL LIFE OF ALEJANDRO MAYTA by Mario Vargas Llosa
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1985

"But to North American readers, this book, like its predecessor, may seem not quite worth all the authorial effort."
Like Vargas Llosa's previous book, The War of the End of the World, this (far-more-readable) novel uses the illusions of revolution as its text and pretext: the subject is the reconstruction of the life and the impulses of a small-time Peruvian Trotskyite who got involved only once—but disastrously—in action. Read full book review >

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THIS WAR CALLED LOVE by Alejandro Murguia
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2002

"Murguía's romantic angles are limited, but his gritty backdrops are pure gold."
This second collection from Murguía (Southern Front, 1991, not reviewed) offers nine impassioned stories of love and regrets, all grounded in an urban Latino realism. Read full book review >

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THE RAG DOLL PLAGUES by Alejandro Morales
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"Morales (The Brick People, Death of an Anglo—both 1988) offers a novel that exhibits the very qualities it celebrates: energy, hopefulness, a reverence for roots."
Swarms of butterflies and hummingbirds, a jaguar on a leash, a hero who's writing himself into existence, beneficent ghosts of ancestors—all the trappings of post-Borges magic realism are gathered in this undeniably derivative and yet often quite funny, quirky meditation on Mexican-American relations, the politics of epidemics and the uses of history. Read full book review >

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HEY DIDDLE DIDDLE by Joe Rhatigan
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2017

"A jumping-off point for educators to encourage children to think beyond the original text. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A continuation of the classic nursery rhyme "Hey Diddle Diddle." The dish and the spoon have run away, so what happens next? Read full book review >

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ALBINA AND THE DOG-MEN by Alejandro Jodorowsky
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"A violent, raunchy story in which the sacred and profane manifest with supremely absurd humor."
From avant-garde filmmaker and novelist Jodorowsky (Where the Bird Sings Best, 2015, etc.), a picaresque tale driven by metamorphosis and travels between space-time dimensions. Read full book review >

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Released: Dec. 5, 1997

A Mexican-American teenager comes to terms with his melting- pot heritage—in a labored and predictable picaresque tale from the author of The Dark Side of the Dream (1995). Read full book review >