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Short Stories by Latin American Women
The Magic and the Real
Written by Dora Alonso
Edited by Celia Correas Zapata
Translated by Margaret Sayers Peden and Gregory Rabassa
Foreword by Isabel Allende

Short Stories by Latin American Women
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Category: Fiction - Anthologies (multiple authors); Fiction - Literary; Fiction - Hispanic & Latino
Imprint: Modern Library
Format: Trade Paperback
Pub Date: January 2003
Price: $18.00
Can. Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6707-4 (0-8129-6707-0)
Pages: 272

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.”

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.

This books is of interest to students of Latin American literature, short stories, and gender studies.

“[A] needed general text for courses in contemporary Latin American and women’s literature.” —The New York Times Book Review

Table of Contents
Isabel Allende, An Act of Vengeance
Doria Alonso, Sophie and the Angel
Helena, Araujo, Asthmatic
María Luisa Bombal, The Tree
Rosario Castellanos, Culinary Lesson
Amparo Dávila, The End of a Struggle
Guadalupe Dueñas, In Heaven and Shoes for the Rest of My Life
Maria Virginia Estenssoro, The Child That Never Was
Rosario Ferré, A Poisoned Tale
Elena Garro, Blame the Tlaxcaltecs
Nora Gluckmann, The Last Emigrant
Lucía Guerra, The Virgin's Passion
Liliana Heker, Berkley or Mariana of the Universe
Vlady Kociancich, Knight, Death and the Devil
Luisa Mercedes Levinson, The Cove
Clarice Lispector, Looking for Some Dignity
María Elena Llano, In the Family
Carmen Naranjo, Symbiotic Encounter
Olga Orozco, The Midgets
Antonia Palacios, A Gentleman on the Train
Cristina Peri Rossi, Breaking the Speed Record
Nélida Piñón, Big-bellied Cow
Josefina Pla, To Seize the Earth
Elena Poniatowska, Park Cinema
Teresa Porzencanski, The Story of a Cat
María Teresa Solari, Death and Transfiguration of a Teacher
Marta Traba, The Tale of the Velvet Pillows
Luisa Valenzuela, Up Among the Eagles
Rima de Vallbona, Penelope's Silver Wedding Anniversary
Ana Lydia Vega, Cloud Cover Caribbean
Alicia Yáñez Cossío, The IWM 1000


Celia Correas de Zapata is the author of Isabel Allende: Vida y Espíritu, as well as many articles and essays.

Isabel Allende, one of Latin America’s foremost writers, is the author of numerous books, including The House of the Spirits, Of Love and Shadows, Eva Luna, and Paula.