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  • Edited by Carlos Fuentes and Julio Ortega
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In The Vintage Book of Latin American Stories, Julio Ortega and Carlos Fuentes present the most compelling short fiction from Mexico to Chile. Surreal, poetic, naturalistic, urbane, peasant-born: All styles intersect and play, often within a single piece. There is "The Handsomest Drown Man in the World," the García Márquez fable of a village overcome by the power of human beauty; "The Aleph," Borges' classic tale of a man who discovers, in a colleague's cellar, the Universe. Here is the haunting shades of Juan Rulfo, the astonishing anxiety puzzles of Julio Cortázar, the disquieted domesticity of Clarice Lispector. Provocative, powerful, immensely engaging, The Vintage Book of Latin American Stories showcases the ingenuity, diversity, and continuing excellence of a vast and vivid literary tradition.

Table of Contents

The Storyteller Carlos Fuentes
Introduction Julio Ortega

Jorge Luis Borges: The Aleph
Filisberto Hernández: The Balcony
João Guimarães Rosa: The Third Bank of the River
Virgi Lio Piñera: The One Who Came to Save Me
Juan Carlos Onetti: Hell Most Feared
Juan Rulfo: Luvina
Julio Cortázar: Blow-Up
Clarice Lispector: Love
José Donoso: Ana María
Gabriel García Márquez: The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World
Salvador Garmendia: The Melancholic Pedestrian
Julio Ramón Ribeyro: The Wardrobe, the Old Man and Death
Inés Arredondo: Subterranean River
Antonio Benítez Rojo: The Scissors
Alejandro Rossi: Orion’s Glow
Luis Loayza: A New Man
Sergio Pitol Bukhara: Nocturne
Luis Rafael Sánchez: Getting Even
Nélida Piñón: House of Passion
Luisa Valenzuela: Panther Eyes
José Emilio Pacheco: The Queen
Alfredo Bryce Echenique: A Brief Reappearance by Florence, This Autumn
José Balza: The Stroke of Midnight
Moacyr Scliar: Van Gogh’s Ear
Antonio Skármeta: The Cyclist of San Cristóbal Hill
Mario Levrero: Notes From Buenos Aires
Policarpo Varón: The Feast
Rodolfo Hinostroza: The Benefactor
Sergio Ramírez: The Centerfielder
María Luisa Puga: Naturally
Hernán Lara Zavala: Mirror Images
Angeles Mastretta: from Big-Eyed Women
Fernando Ampuero: Taxi Driver, Minus Robert De Niro
Senel Paz: Don’t Tell Her You Love Her
Alberto Ruy Sánchez: Voices of the Water
Antonio López Ortega: from Naturalezas Menores
Juan Villoro: Coyote
Rodrigo Fresán: National Sovereignty
Pablo Soler Frost: Clamour

Author Biographies
Copyright Acknowledgements
Carlos Fuentes

About Carlos Fuentes

Carlos Fuentes - The Vintage Book of Latin American Stories

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Carlos Fuentes is the author of more than twenty books, including Happy Families, The Eagle’s Throne, This I Believe, The Death of Artemio Cruz, and The Old Gringo. He served as Mexico’s ambassador to France from 1975 to 1977. He has received many awards and honors, including the Rómulo Gallegos Prize, the National Prize in Literature (Mexico’s highest literary award), the Cervantes Prize, and the inaugural Latin Civilization Award. He has also been the recipient of France’s Legion of Honor medal, Italy’s Grinzane Cavour Award, Spain’s Prince of Asturias Award, and Brazil’s Order of the Southern Cross. His work has appeared in The Nation, Vanity Fair, The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, Los Angeles Times Book Review, and The Washington Post Book World. He currently divides his time between Mexico City and London.


"Each and every [story in] this collection is a treasure." --The Guardian

"Latin American fiction is where serious debate can be found and, at its best, makes the contemporary English equivalent seem frivolous and lacking in courage." --The Times (London)

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