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Cruel Fictions, Cruel Realities : Short Stories By Latin American Women Writers (97 Edition)by Kathy S. Leonard (ed.)
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Fiction. "A fine collection of 19.stories by 12.South American women. All the stories are linked.by the common theme of cruelty, and embattled womanhood is indeed given pride of place. But there's a refreshing range shown by portrayals of variously disturbed and endangered adolescence (Gilda Holst Molestina's 'The Competition,' Gloria Artigas's 'Corners of Smoke') and political injustice (Nayla Chehade Duran's excellent 'The Vigil'). Surrealism and black comedy are strikingly present, in Ines Fernandez Moreno's deadpan 'A mother to be assembled,' and especially in the volume's standout story: Ana Maria Shua's hilarious cautionary tale about the perils of crossing one's dentist ('A Profession Like Any Other'). A highly entertaining anthology" -Kirkus Reviews.
"Cruel Fictions, Cruel Realities provides a firsthand glimpse into the Latin American soul through the writings of prominent women authors, most appearing here for the first time in English translation. This anthology offers unique portrayals of human experience which allow the reader to view the many faces of cruelty presented from a woman's perspective". — Kathy S. Leonard, editor and translator.
Editor and translator Kathy Leonard created this superb and diverse anthology to provide a literary outlet for the best of the new fiction by contemporary Latin American women authors. Through her work with the authors represented here, Leonard brings to these stories an uncompromised clarity of translation as well as useful biographical information about the authors. Subjects of the stories vary widely, with most of the stories marked with heavy doses of magic realism or black humor.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -131).
About the Author
Kathy S. Leonard received her PhD from the University of California, Davis, and is currently a professor of Spanish and Hispanic Linguistics at Iowa State University in Ames. She has published numerous translations of short stories by Latin American women writers as well as a number of books dealing with their work. Professor Leonard has received several prestigious awards and grants for her work with Latin American authors; among them are a Fulbright-Hays grant for research in Bolivia (1998), a National Enowment for the Humanities Fellowship for Translation (2003), and a serial Fulbright grant for research in Bolivia (2006-08).
Table of Contents
Corners of smoke / Gloria Artigas — How Milinco escaped from school ; The morgue (excerpt from Bajo el oscuro sol) / Yolanda Bedregal — Coati 1950 / Velia Calvimontes — The vigil ; The visit / Nayla Chehade Durâan — The sailor's wife ; We must keep fanning the master / Silvia Diez Fierro — A mother to be assembled / Inâes Fernâandez Moreno — The competition / Gilda Holst Molestina — Bus stop #46 / Marâia Eugenia Lorenzini — Cradle song ; Out of silence / Andrea Maturana — Good night air ; The other Mariana / Viviana Mellet — A profession like any other ; Minor surgery / Ana Marâia Shua — The hunchback ; In between / Mirta Toledo.
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