Synopses & Reviews
Fiction. Latino/Latina Studies. Caribbean Studies. Translated by Judith Kerman. Bilingual Edition. BETWEEN TWO SILENCES / ENTRE DOS SILENCIOS is a book of remarkable short stories by the great Dominican writer Hilma Contreras. These short stories (some very short) are often mysterious and quirky, with a shimmer of heat and fire, a glisten of water and a frisson which comes from not quite knowing where you are or what's about to happen. Many stories have a sly humor and surprise endings. The reader is sometimes left with a feeling of regret, sometimes a feeling of elation and often a sense of something just out of reach. Mayapple Press is proud to publish the first United States edition of BETWEEN TWO SILENCES / ENTRE DOS SILENCIOS. This collection of sixteen stories reflects the original contents and order of the 1987 book, originally published in Santo Domingo by Editora Taller.
About the Author
Hilma Contreras Castillo (1913-2006) was a Dominican writer, born in San Francisco de Macorís. She was educated in Paris, where she studied French and English, as well as literature and archaeology. She returned to the Dominican Republic in 1933. In 1937, at the encouragement of fellow writer Juan Bosch, she began writing stories, which were published in various newspapers. In 2002 she became the first woman to receive the National Literature Award in the Dominican Republic.