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Celia Correas de Zapata, an internationally recognized expert in the field of Latin American fiction written by women, has collected stories by thirty-one authors from fourteen countries, translated into English by such renowned scholars and writers as Gregory Rabassa and Margaret Sayers Peden. Contributors include Dora Alonso, Rosario Ferré, Elena Poniatowska, Ana Lydia V Celia Correas de Zapata, an internationally recognized expert in the field of Latin American fiction written by women, has collected stories by thirty-one authors from fourteen countries, translated into English by such renowned scholars and writers as Gregory Rabassa and Margaret Sayers Peden. Contributors include Dora Alonso, Rosario Ferré, Elena Poniatowska, Ana Lydia Vega, and Luisa Valenzuela. The resulting book is a literary tour de force, stories written by women in this hemisphere that speak to cultures throughout the world. In her Foreword, Isabel Allende states, “This anthology is so valuable; it lays open the emotions of writers who, in turn, speak for others still shrouded in silence.”


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Celia Correas de Zapata, an internationally recognized expert in the field of Latin American fiction written by women, has collected stories by thirty-one authors from fourteen countries, translated into English by such renowned scholars and writers as Gregory Rabassa and Margaret Sayers Peden. Contributors include Dora Alonso, Rosario Ferré, Elena Poniatowska, Ana Lydia V Celia Correas de Zapata, an internationally recognized expert in the field of Latin American fiction written by women, has collected stories by thirty-one authors from fourteen countries, translated into English by such renowned scholars and writers as Gregory Rabassa and Margaret Sayers Peden. Contributors include Dora Alonso, Rosario Ferré, Elena Poniatowska, Ana Lydia Vega, and Luisa Valenzuela. The resulting book is a literary tour de force, stories written by women in this hemisphere that speak to cultures throughout the world. In her Foreword, Isabel Allende states, “This anthology is so valuable; it lays open the emotions of writers who, in turn, speak for others still shrouded in silence.”

30 review for Short Stories by Latin American Women: The Magic and the Real

  1. 5 out of 5

    Elsie

    These are wonderful stories. I really enjoyed them. The introduction gives a very brief history of both South American women's realism and fantasy and a quick explanation of the themes collected in these stories by women writers covering realism, fantasy and magical realism: "According to Enrique Anderson Imbert one must distinguish carefully between literature of the fantastic and magical realism. The German critic Franz Roh coined the phrase "magical realism" in 1925 to describe a trend in mod These are wonderful stories. I really enjoyed them. The introduction gives a very brief history of both South American women's realism and fantasy and a quick explanation of the themes collected in these stories by women writers covering realism, fantasy and magical realism: "According to Enrique Anderson Imbert one must distinguish carefully between literature of the fantastic and magical realism. The German critic Franz Roh coined the phrase "magical realism" in 1925 to describe a trend in modern art, Roh found - according to Anderson Imbert - that there was a kind of Hegelian dialectic in painting: "thesis: impressionism; antithesis: expressionism; synthesis; magical realism." (Celia Correas de Zapata, Ensayos hispanoamericanos (Buenos Aires: Ediciones Corregidor, 1978):239) "Applying these ideas to literature, the Argentine critic sees a parallel scheme of thesis (reality, realism), antithesis (the supernatural, literature of the fantastic) and their synthesis, the literature of magical realism. ... or reality (realism) the supernatural (literature of the fantastic) the strange (magical realism) "To fully understand magical realism, however, one must also take into account its lyrical character. Graciela Sola notes that, unlike realism, it seeks to endow its subject with a heightened sense of reality much like a poem: 'Call it surrealism, magical realism or whatever you like, it is evident that this poetry escapes the categories of conventional criticism in spite of the common features it shares with all real art.' "In this anthology we propose to show the lyrical basis of the realistic, surrealistic and supernatural elements in the stories of thirty-two authors. Without glossing over the uniqueness of each one, it should be pointed out that the anthology is characterized by a fundamental unity of style underlying the diverse themes." I included that because I couldn't possibly come up with an explanation and if you want to get this book that's what the story themes are. My favourites were: A Poisoned Tale Blame the Tlaxcaltecs (very surreal!) The Virgin's Passion A Gentleman on the Train Death and Transfiguration of a Teacher The Tale of the Velvet Pillows

  2. 4 out of 5

    WilliamRiter

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  3. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    3. 5 stars. The highlight of the book is the short story, “The IWM 1000.” I feel like the mysticism and surrealism is lost in translation in some of the stories. I would’ve preferred to read some of short stories in Spanish. But it is a great introduction to this genre of Latin American Women Literature.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Pierre

    Some particularly memorable stories others that I have already forgotten. Worth reading if only for : The IWM 1000 . This story appeared first in :El beso y otras ficciones ( 1975) The date of the first publishing of this particular story makes it even more amazing!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Brian Biswas

    Great collection from beginning to end.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Gail Kennon

    enjoyed a few of them..too meaningless mostly for my taste.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sherrie Miranda

    3.0 out of 5 stars Rich in Metaphor & Nuance, Probably best read in a class or readers' group By Sherrie Miranda This review is for: Short Stories by Latin American Women: The Magic and the Real (Modern Library Classics) (Paperback) This book was a real mixed bag. Although many of the Latina writers have published novels that are excellent, their short stories often left you wondering about their skills in this arena. Or maybe it is the reader who needs more skills or understanding of life in Latin 3.0 out of 5 stars Rich in Metaphor & Nuance, Probably best read in a class or readers' group By Sherrie Miranda This review is for: Short Stories by Latin American Women: The Magic and the Real (Modern Library Classics) (Paperback) This book was a real mixed bag. Although many of the Latina writers have published novels that are excellent, their short stories often left you wondering about their skills in this arena. Or maybe it is the reader who needs more skills or understanding of life in Latin America? I can't discount them for my possible lack. There were a few very well-written stories that I enjoyed immensely. Then there were the horror stories you wish you hadn't read, like "Death And Transfiguration of A Teacher" in which the female students killed, cut up & ate their sensitive and poetic teacher! I get the allusion. As a teacher myself, I often referred to the fresh new teachers as being eaten alive by the students, but still, it was not the kind of story one wants to read before going to sleep. Most of the stories were quite rewarding, though I would have preferred to have discussed each story in a classroom or group situation as I think I would have gotten more out of them. Such seems to be the way of Latino authors, both male and female. They are so rich with metaphor and nuance that they are meant to be read in a group where they can be discussed. Sherrie Miranda's historically based, coming of age, Adventure novel “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” is about an American girl in war-torn El Salvador: http://tinyurl.com/klxbt4y Her husband made a video for her novel. He wrote the song too: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P11Ch...

  8. 4 out of 5

    Alexia

    The quote on the front of this book reads "a needed general text for courses in contemporary Latin American and women's literature" - which is a bit like damning with faint praise really. I personally think it's a shame to aim this collection only at students and think if you're into Latin American literature, you can get a lot out of this anyway. The real strength of this book is in its breadth - it contains short stories by authors from 14 different countries. Some of them are well-known, like The quote on the front of this book reads "a needed general text for courses in contemporary Latin American and women's literature" - which is a bit like damning with faint praise really. I personally think it's a shame to aim this collection only at students and think if you're into Latin American literature, you can get a lot out of this anyway. The real strength of this book is in its breadth - it contains short stories by authors from 14 different countries. Some of them are well-known, like Isabel Allende, Elena Poniatowska and Clarice Lispector, while others you will have a job finding in translation elsewhere. Of course, it's a mixed bag and everyone will have their favourites and stories they find weaker. I would mention Maria Elena Llano's "In the Family" and Clarice Lispector's "Looking for some Dignity" as highlights.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Abbie Chem

    I struggled through this collection. The quality was too inconsistent and it was with a sense of relief that I finished this collection. Perhaps magic realism and I just don't get along. Perhaps the translations added an extra barrier. Regardless, I only truly enjoyed two or three stories out of the whole collection. I struggled through this collection. The quality was too inconsistent and it was with a sense of relief that I finished this collection. Perhaps magic realism and I just don't get along. Perhaps the translations added an extra barrier. Regardless, I only truly enjoyed two or three stories out of the whole collection.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Stephie

    Creo que hubiera disfrutado más las lecturas si las hubiera leído en español. Existen cuentos que sobresalen mucho más que otros, más fuertes que la típica historia de amor desgraciado que viven las mujeres. Quiero creer que las mujeres que escriben, pueden escribir más allá de la misma condición de las mujeres y elevarse al mundo de las ideas universales.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Andy

    yay magical surrealism!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Zara Rahman

    Great collection of stories; I'm keen to read more by these authors, as I've never heard of many of them before. Fascinating breadth of subjects covered, too! Great collection of stories; I'm keen to read more by these authors, as I've never heard of many of them before. Fascinating breadth of subjects covered, too!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kelcey

    I love these stories.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Carla Vazquez

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mayela Arana

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ms. D

  17. 5 out of 5

    Negar Ghobadi

  18. 4 out of 5

    Richard

  19. 4 out of 5

    Eliza

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lucy figueroa

  21. 4 out of 5

    Addy Evenson

  22. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea

  23. 5 out of 5

    Holly

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lukas Evan

  25. 5 out of 5

    Aimee

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kristy Brown

  27. 5 out of 5

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  28. 5 out of 5

    Zoë

  29. 5 out of 5

    Miriam

  30. 5 out of 5

    Susanna

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