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Cien A¿os de Soledad

843760494X


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Book Review
A dense jungle of magic and literary gusto, this book pulls you in and engulfs you with its richness and beauty. Saying it is a story of a family is like saying the New Testament is a book about a carpenter. Following the family here reveals the history of several generations, and the passions, thoughts, and myths of a labyrinth of people, related and not. Gabriel Garcia Marquez is a gifted writer, and nowhere does he write with the fervor that he does in One Hundred Years of Solitude, a pleasurable ride unmatched in modern literature. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

The New York Times Book Review, Robert Kiely
Though concocted of quirks, ancient mysteries, family secrets and peculiar contradictions, it makes sense and gives pleasure in dozens of...


Zero
Ignacio de Loyola Branddao
1564783316
Dec 2003
Paperback
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Language Notes
Text: English, Portugese (translation) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


Antologia: los mejores relatos latinoamericanos (Anthology: The Best Latin American Short Stories)
Gabriel Garc¿a M¿rquez
8420444936
July 1999
Textbook Paperback
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Language Notes
Text: Spanish


The Cambridge History of Spanish Literature
David T. Gies (Editor)
0521806186
January 13, 2005
Hardcover
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Review
"This impressive history of the literature of Spain sets a new standard of excellence. Essential." CHOICE July 2005

"Gies has chosen an eminent group of scholars from the United States, the United Kingdom, and Spain to collaborate with him on the project, and the result is an incisive, throough, and varied presentation of texts, authors, currents, and movements...They negotiate the old and the new with relative ease. Their scholarly criteria are rigorous, and their subjective critical acumen becomes part of the frame. Along with the factual information that is associated with manuals of literature, this history bears the imprint of distinct and compelling analytical processes. The book is an admirable reference tool and a treat to read." -Renaissance Quarterly, Edward H. Friedman, Vanderbilt University

"David T....



Literatures of Latin America
Willis Barnstone
0130613606
July 2002
Paperback
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Book Description
Literatures of Latin America brings together literary, religious, and philosophical traditions from two continents and the Caribbean. Each of these regions has given us important writings, some of them dating back as far as the first millennium B.C. Until recently, historically speaking, we have been essentially ignorant of the major writers of Latin America, and in particular have known virtually nothing of precolumbian texts. Recent decades of assiduous translation, however, have made the larger world of Latin American literature accessible in English, connecting us to an enormous past and present of creative endeavor. Particularly in our multicultural society, with peoples of every background, it is vital to reveal the great traditions of Latin America, and to do so in fresh, excellent literary translation,...


Literary Cultures of Latin America
Mario J. Valdes
0195126211
Sept 2004
Hardcover
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From Booklist
This ambitious set features 205 signed articles from 242 scholars in 22 countries and claims to be "the largest comparative history project in the world." It covers five centuries of various multidisciplinary aspects (including historical, political, social, economical, and geographical) of Latin American culture on the grounds that literature responds to and enriches the culture from which it derives. The scope of Latin American literature here is extremely broad and expands on the traditional canon to include marginal authors and Brazilian literature, although English-, French-, and Dutch-speaking cultures of the Caribbean are mostly excluded. The three volumes have separate, broad motifs. Volume 1, Configurations of Literary Culture, gives a framework for cultural production, including exclusionary barriers, and...


The Posthumous Memoirs of Br'as Cubas (Library of Latin America)
Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis, et al
0195101707
December 10, 1998
Paperback
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Book Review
Fans of Latin American literature will be thrilled by Oxford University Press's new translations of works by 19th-century Brazilian author Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis. His novels are both heartbreaking and comic; his limning of a colonial Brazil in flux is both perceptive and remarkably modern. The Posthumous Memoirs of Brás Cubas is written as an autobiography, a chronicle of the erotic misadventures of its narrator, Brás Cubas--who happens to be dead. In pursuit of love and progeny, Cubas rejects the women who want him and aspires to the ones who reject him. In the end, he dies unloved and without heirs, yet he somehow manages to turn this bitter pill into a victory of sorts. What makes Memoirs stand up 100 years after the book was written is Machado's biting humor, brilliant prose, and profound ...


Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy
Carlos Eire
0743246411
December 2003
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
"Metaphors matter to me, especially perfect ones," Yale historian Eire writes in this beautifully fashioned memoir, as he recounts one of many wonderfully vibrant stories from his boyhood in 1950s Havana. As imaginatively wrought as the finest piece of fiction, the book abounds with magical interpretations of ordinary boyhood events-playing in a friend's backyard is like a perilous journey through the jungle; setting off firecrackers becomes a lyrical, cosmic opera; a child's birthday party turns into a phantasmagoria of American pop cultural icons. Taking his cue from his father, a man with "a very fertile, nearly inexhaustible imagination, totally dedicated to inventing past lives," Eire looks beyond the literal to see the mythological themes inherent in the epic struggle for identity that each of our lives...


Textual Confrontations
Alfred J. Mac Adam
0226499901
Mar 1987
Hardcover
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Book Description
In this masterful experiment in truly comparative literary criticism, Alfred J. Mac Adam establishes Latin America's place in the Western literary tradition. By juxtaposing Latin American and Anglo-American texts, he shows how Latin American literature has gone beyond the context of Hispanic letters to borrow from, exploit, and finally extend the Western tradition.

Mac Adam describes the changes that have taken place in Latin American literature since the time of Modernismo (roughly 1880-1920), when Spanish American writers tried to update their literary language by imitating foreign, mostly French, literature. Since then, as he demonstrates, Latin American writing has achieved a pioneering status by means of a different kind of imitation--parody--whereby it gives back to the former centers of Western culture...


Aphrodite: A Memoir of the Senses
Isabel Allende
0060930179
May 1, 1999
Paperback
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Book Review
There is something about reading suggestive material that awakens the senses--too often ignored in the fray of modern life--and fires the imagination. Perhaps it brings us back to those breathless, palpitating moments from childhood when puberty was a rosy smudge on the horizon and sex was an abstract term. Aphrodite is a long, savory, enthralling ode to sensuality.

In this bawdy memoir-cum-cookbook, Allende has put together an apothecary of aphrodisiacs, from snake's blood and rhinoceros horn to the more commonplace and more palatable oysters, "those seductive tears of the sea, which lend themselves to slipping from mouth to mouth like a prolonged kiss ... can be purchased in bottles, but there they look like malignant tumors; in contrast, moist and turgid in their shells they suggest delicate vulvae--a prime...



When I Was Puerto Rican
Esmeralda Santiago
0679756760
October 1994
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Santiago's artful memoir recounts her childhood in rural Puerto Rico and her teenage years in New York City; also available in a Spanish-language edition, $11 *-75677-9 Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal
YA-Esmerelda and her seven siblings live in a corrugated metal shack in Puerto Rico. She is uprooted as a result of poverty and her parents' quarreling and suffers blows to her ego from their expectations of her. The girl goes to New York, where her grandmother lives, and must rely on her intelligence and talents to help her survive in an alien world in which being Puerto Rican is not advantageous. Her story rings true and will be an inspiration to YAs forced to make their own way in a sometimes hostile environment.Ginny Ryder, Lee...


Labyrinths: Selected Stories and Other Writings (New Directions Paperbook, 186)
Jorge Luis Borges, et al
0811200124
June 1964
Paperback
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Book Review
If Jorge Luis Borges had been a computer scientist, he probably would have invented hypertext and the World Wide Web.

Instead, being a librarian and one of the world's most widely read people, he became the leading practitioner of a densely layered imaginistic writing style that has been imitated throughout this century, but has no peer (although Umberto Eco sometimes comes close, especially in Name of the Rose). Borges's stories are redolent with an intelligence, wealth of invention, and a tight, almost mathematically formal style that challenge with mysteries and paradoxes revealed only slowly after several readings. Highly recommended to anyone who wants their imagination and intellect to be aswarm with philosophical plots, compelling conundrums, and a wealth of real and imagined literary references derived...



The Inordinate Eye
Lois Parkinson Zamora
0226978567
July 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description
The Inordinate Eye traces the relations of Latin American painting, sculpture, architecture, and literature—the stories they tell each other and the ways in which their creators saw the world and their place in it. Moving from pre-Columbian codices and sculpture through New World Baroque art and architecture to Neobaroque theory and contemporary Latin American fiction, Lois Parkinson Zamora argues for an integrated understanding of visual and verbal forms.  The New World Baroque combines indigenous, African, and European forms of expression, and, in the early decades of the twentieth century, Latin American writers began to recuperate its visual structures to construct an alternative account of modernity, using its hybrid forms for the purpose of creating a discourse of...


Contemporary Latin American Literature: Original Selections from the Literary Giants for Intermediate and Advanced Students
Gladys M. Varona-Lacey
0658015060
August 2001
Paperback
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Book Description
Contemporary Latin American Literature reflects the wealth of great writers of Latin America over the last hundred years, including Jorge Luis Borges, Mario Vargas Llosa, and Noble Prize winners Gabriela Mistral, Pablo Neruda, Octavio Paz, and Gabriel Garcia M rquez. The selections--almost 100 works in their original form--include English definitions for difficult Spanish words.

About the Author

Gladys Varona-Lacey is an associate professor of Spanish at Ithaca College (NY).



Performing Women and Modern Literary Culture in Latin America
Vicky Unruh
0292709455
Mar 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description
Women have always been the muses who inspire the creativity of men, but how do women become the creators of art themselves? This was the challenge faced by Latin American women who aspired to write in the 1920s and 1930s. Though women's roles were opening up during this time, women writers were not automatically welcomed by the Latin American literary avant-gardes, whose male members viewed women's participation in tertulias (literary gatherings) and publications as uncommon and even forbidding. How did Latin American women writers, celebrated by male writers as the "New Eve" but distrusted as fellow creators, find their intellectual homes and fashion their artistic missions? In this innovative book, Vicky Unruh explores how women writers of the vanguard period often gained access to literary life as public...


La casa de los esp¿ritus (The House of the Spirits)
Isabel Allende
0060951303
May 1995
Paperback
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--Christian Science Monitor
"Emocionante y ponderosa....La casa de los espiritusestá repleta de mujeres maravillosas e inolvidables, que confieren una dimensión especial al libro."

--Newsweek
"Un romance tan extenso como regocijador."

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Hispano-Americana: Introduccion a LA Literatura De LA Conquista Al Siglo XX
Gladys M. Varona-Lacey
0844276790
June 1997
Paperback
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From Library Journal
Designed for students, this one-volume introductory anthology of Latin American literature includes a thoughtful selection of the most representative authors and their works in a well-organized and easy-to-read format. A variety of themes and styles appear, with chapters from novels, essays, poetry, plays, letters, and diaries. Biographical information about each author is supplemented by reading guidelines and a synopsis. The book is divided into three sections: "Conquistas y colonia" explores the works of such early figures as Columbus, Bernal Diaz del Castillo, and el Inca Garcilaso. "Independencia politica, literaria y cultural" includes Simon Bolivar, Jose Marti, Ruben Dario, and others. The final section, "Precursores y contemporaneos," introduces 20th-century authors such as Jorge Luis Borges, Pablo Neruda,...


Mixing Race, Mixing Culture
Monika Kaup
0292743483
Aug 2002
Paperback
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Book Description
"I have nothing but praise for this book. It is well conceived, it shows that it was not put together hastily, it incorporates the latest scholarship, and it engages in the latest contemporary debates in the field. . . . Its 'Pan-American' approach is one that reflects the cutting edge of the field of Latin American and Latina/Latino Studies." --Rolando J. Romero, Associate Professor of Latina/Latino Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Over the last five centuries, the story of the Americas has been a story of the mixing of races and cultures. Not surprisingly, the issue of miscegenation, with its attendant fears and hopes, has been a pervasive theme in New World literature, as writers from Canada to Argentina confront the legacy of cultural hybridization and fusion. This book takes up the challenge...


I, Rigoberta Menchu: An Indian Woman in Guatemala
Rigoberta Menchu
0860917886
August 1987
Textbook Paperback
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From 500 Great Books by Women; review by Jesse Larsen
"This is my testimony. I didn't learn it from a book and I didn't learn it alone... My personal experience is the reality of a whole people." Born in the mountains of Guatemala into the Quiche, one of twenty-three mestizo groups, Rigoberta Menchu tells her story. The Quiche people's spirituality, much of which must not be told to outsiders, affirms community responsibility for village children and intensely personal relationships with the land and the natural world. The celebration of her ancient culture is all that strengthens in the face of a brutally repressed and poverty-stricken existence. Two of her brothers die as infants from malnutrition. When the Quiche begin their fight to keep the government and big-business people from stealing any more of their land, her family is...


The Social Conscience of Latin American Writing
Naomi Lindstrom
0292746997
Jan 1998
Paperback
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Book Description
"On one level, this is a brilliant scholarly answer to the bedeviling question asked by non-Latin Americanists, 'What is Latin American literature like?' On another level, it coordinates and clarifies, for specialists, the complex of current issues that are often confusing and even discouraging because they are incompletely understood." --John S. Brushwood, Roberts Professor Emeritus of Latin American Literature, University of Kansas Literature in Latin America has long been a vehicle for debates over the interpretation of social history, cultural identity, and artistic independence. Indeed, Latin American literature has gained international respect for its ability to present social criticism through works of imaginative creation. In this comprehensive, up-to-the-minute survey of research and opinion by leading Latin...


The Pursuit of the Millennium : Revolutionary Millenarians and Mystical Anarchists of the Middle Ages (Galaxy Books)
Norman Cohn
0195004566
May 15, 1970
Paperback
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Book Review
At the end of the first millennium A.D., itinerant preachers crisscrossed Europe warning that the end of the world was nigh. Hundreds of thousands of people took heed, joining religious cults and anti-governmental militias in preparation for the coming war between good and evil. (If this sounds familiar, it is proof only that history is cyclical.) During this heady time, Europe exploded in religious war, peasant revolts and sectarian strife, marked by the first large-scale massacres of Jews and gypsies, the first inklings of inquisitions and holy crusades. Norman Cohn, a masterful writer and interpreter, carefully explores this extraordinary period in European history in a book that bears rereading as our own millennium approaches its end.

Book Description
The end of the millennium...


Paula
Isabel Allende
0060927216
April 1996
Paperback
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Book Review
"Listen, Paula. I am going to tell you a story so that when you wake up you will not feel so lost." So says Chilean writer Isabel Allende (The House of the Spirits) in the opening lines of the luminous, heart-rending memoir she wrote while her 28-year-old daughter Paula lay in a coma. In its pages, she ushers an assortment of outrageous relatives into the light: her stepfather, an amiable liar and tireless debater; grandmother Meme, blessed with second sight; and delinquent uncles who exultantly torment Allende and her brothers. Irony and marvelous flights of fantasy mix with the icy reality of Paula's deathly illness as Allende sketches childhood scenes in Chile and Lebanon; her uncle Salvatore Allende's reign and ruin as Chilean president; her struggles to shake off or find love; and her...


One Hundred Years of Solitude
Gabriel Garc¿a M¿rquez
0060531045
June 2003
Hardcover
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Book Review
"Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice."

It is typical of Gabriel García Márquez that it will be many pages before his narrative circles back to the ice, and many chapters before the hero of One Hundred Years of Solitude, Buendía, stands before the firing squad. In between, he recounts such wonders as an entire town struck with insomnia, a woman who ascends to heaven while hanging laundry, and a suicide that defies the laws of physics: A trickle of blood came out under the door, crossed the living room, went out into the street, continued on in a straight line across the uneven terraces, went down steps and climbed over curbs, passed along the Street of the Turks,...



Art and Anger
Ilan Stavans
0312240317
Sept 2001
Paperback
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Review
“Stavans is lively and intelligent, eclectic, sharp-tongued.” —Peter Matthiessen

“Ilan Stavans is an inventive interpreter of the contemporary cultures of the Americas.” —Henry Louis Gates, Jr.


The Empire Writes Back: Theory and Practice in Post-Colonial Literatures (New Accents)
BILL ASHCROFT, et al
0415280206
July 2002
Paperback
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Book Description
The authors, three leading figures in post-colonial studies, open up debates about the interrelationships of post-colonial literatures, investigate the powerful forces acting on language in the post-colonial text, and show how these texts constitute a radical critique of Eurocentric notions of literature and language.

About the Author
Bill Ashcroft teaches at the University of New South Wales, Australia, Gareth Griffiths at the University of Western Australia and Helen Tiffin at the University of Queensland.


Transvestism, Masculinity, and Latin American Literature
Ben Sifuentes-Jauregui
0312294409
Feb 2002
Hardcover
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Sylvia Molloy, President of the Modern Language Association and Albert Schweitzer Professor of Humanities at New York University
A truly exceptional and extraordinarily acute reflection on transvestism and the performance of gender....

Review
"A truly exceptional and extraordinarily acute reflection on transvestism and the performance of gender...." -- Sylvia Molloy, Albert Schweitzer Professor of Humanities at New York University


Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair
Pablo Neruda
0142437700
December 2003
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
This collection of poems, first published by Neruda at the age of 19 in 1924, caused something of a scandal because of its frank and intense sexuality: "I have gone marking the atlas of your body / with crosses of fire. / My mouth went across: a spider, trying to hide. / In you, behind you, timid, driven by thirst." It later became one of Neruda's best-loved works, selling two million copies by the 1960s. Why? With image after arresting image, Neruda charts the oceanic movements of passion, repeatedly summoning imagery of the sea and weather: "On all sides I see your waist of fog, / and your silence hunts down my afflicted hours; / my kisses anchor, and my moist desire nests / in you with your arms of transparent stone." As irresistible as the sea, love is engulfing ("You swallowed everything, like distance. / ....


The Cambridge History of Latin American Literature (The Cambridge History of Latin American Literature)
Roberto Gonzalez Echevarr¿a (Editor), Enrique Pupo-Walker (Editor)
0521340705
September 13, 1996
Hardcover
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Review
"...this exceptional three-volume history of Latin American Literature...surpasses its goal....Congatulations to contributors, editors, and publishers on what will become a classic in the field." F. Colecchia, Choice

"This volume of the Cambridge History of Latin American Literature offers well-informed and thorough coverage of the twentieth century....The editors of this volume have organized a well-conceived and authoritative volume that any student or scholar of Latin American Literature will find extremely valuable. The depth and breadth of this book are remarkable." Raymond Leslie Williams, Revista de Estudios Hispánicos

"Roberto González Echevarría and Enrique Pupo-Walker have done a tremendous sesrvice to Latin American letters by editing The Cambridge History of Latin American Literature. This...



El olor de la guayaba / The Smell of the Guava Tree : Conversaciones con Plinio Apuleyo Mendoza: Conversaciones con Plinio Apuleyo Mendoza
Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Plinio Apuleyo Mendoza
968132546X
September 4, 2004
Paperback
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