Excellent reading in either Spanish or English, the eight short stories in this collection by authors including Jorge Luis Borges, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Camilo Jose Cela have been chosen for their readability and literary merit. Seven are from Spanish America, only one from Spain, an unsurprising ratio considering there are no less than nineteen Spanish-speaking countries in the Americas, and that the short story is an extremely popular form among authors there.
This selection also, therefore, gives the reader an insight into the differences between the literary cultures.Printed approximately in order of difficulty, the stories are accompanied by parallel English translations and notes on the text.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 208 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 30/11/1966
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780140025002
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Review by cammykitty
Well footnoted. Good language practice. However, the selection of stories could've been better. No women were represented in this collection. Yes, people stereotype the Latin countries as being sexist, but I'm sure the editor could've found at least one excellent story written by a Latina. The choices were safe, from canonized writers such as Jorge Luis Borges and Gabriel Garcia Marquez. The plots tended to be very subtle, and perhaps my Spanish is to blame. Only two had much humor. Both of those were dark humor. However, the dark humor of Carlos Martinez Moreno's "Paloma" is my kind of humor. My heart is with the pigeon. Sadly, there aren't nearly enough parallel text English/Spanish books, so I read it all, painfully aware of how much more time it takes me to read in Spanish than in English. If anyone comes across a more inspired collection, let me know.