Category: Contemporary Short Stories

By Charles Waugh,Huy Lien,John Balaban

This number of twelve brief tales and one essay through Vietnamese writers finds the tragic legacy of Agent Orange and increases troubling ethical questions on the actual, religious, and environmental outcomes of war.

 

Between 1962 and 1971, the U.S. army sprayed nearly twenty million gallons of Agent Orange and different chemical defoliants on Vietnam and Laos, exposing fighters and civilians from each side to the lethal contaminant dioxin. some of the uncovered, and later their kids, suffered from illnesses together with diabetes, melanoma, and delivery defects.

 

This remarkably varied assortment represents a physique of labor released after the early Nineteen Eighties that stirred sympathy and indignation in Vietnam, pressuring the Vietnamese govt for help. “Thirteen Harbors” intertwines a woman’s love for a dioxin sufferer with old Cham legend and Vietnamese people knowledge. “A baby, a guy” explores how our fates are sure with these of our acquaintances. In “The Goat Horn Bell” and “Grace,” households are devastated to discover the wear from Agent Orange handed to their child young children. 11 of the items look in English for the 1st time, together with an essay via Minh Chuyen, whose journalism helped publicize the Agent Orange sufferers’ plight.

 

The tales in Family of Fallen Leaves are harrowing but transformative of their skill to make us establish with the other.

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By Dacia Maraini,David Paradela López

Las mujeres que protagonizan este libro, publicado en italiano en 2012, son mujeres fuertes, que luchan, que a veces pierden pero que en ningún caso se rinden. Frente a ellas, sus maridos, amantes, compañeros, se revelan como adolescentes que se niegan a crecer y confunden l. a. pasión con l. a. posesión.

En los ocho relatos que lo conforman, duros y capaces tanto de emocionar como de indignar, encontramos por ejemplo a Marina, una recién casada que se niega a denunciar al marido que los angeles golpea y humilla a diario; a Francesca,que con apenas trece años es violada por cuatro compañeros de colegio que serán absueltos por los angeles justicia y los angeles opinión pública; o a Alessandra, que make a decision no traer al mundo al hijo fruto de l. a. violencia sexual.

Dacia Maraini habla de un mundo dividido entre quien considera al otro como alguien a quien hay que respetar y quien lo considera un objeto que poseer y esclavizar. Es este un libro de denuncia que revela incluso aquello que las mujeres víctimas de los angeles violencia callan o no quieren ver. Como afirma l. a. autora, «pone en evidencia los angeles parte oscura de un modelo cultural profundamente arraigado que conduce al hombre a creer que posee a quien ama».

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By Jennifer Mills

Displaying a convinced variety of narrative voices and brevity popular, this selection of brief tales displays the author's reviews in vital Australia, China, Mexico, and Russia. In "The Wind and different Children," a woman searches for her misplaced grandmother whereas her mom and dad quarrel at domestic; a guy contemplates inertia after poisonous infection alterations existence in a distant Australian city in "Extra Time;" and "The Air you wish" reveals a girl imagining a mother's love for her autistic son. An exploration of the person, this compilation weaves subject matters of longing, alienation, fantasy, resilience, and love. occasionally dreamy and hypnotic, occasionally comedian and wry, those tales depart their mark.

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By Rosario Ferre,Jean Franco

A light maiden aunt who has been victimized for years suddenly retaliates via her expertise for making life-sized dolls choked with honey. “The Youngest Doll,” in keeping with a relatives anecdote, is a beautiful literary expression of Rosario Ferré’s feminist and social matters. it's the optimal tale in a set that used to be initially released in Spanish in 1976 as Papeles de Pandora and is now translated into English via the writer. The daughter of a former governor of Puerto Rico, Ferré portrays ladies loosening the restrictions that experience certain them to a patriarchal tradition. Anger takes artistic instead of polemical shape in ten tales that begun Ferré on her option to turning into a number one girl author in Latin the US.

The upper-middle-class girls in The Youngest Doll, quite often married to macho males, insurgent opposed to their doll-like life or retreat into fable, these with no funds or the appropriate epidermis colour are much more oppressed. when it comes to strength and effect, those girls stand within the related relation to males as Puerto Rico itself does to the us, and Ferré stretches creative limitations in writing approximately their scenario. The tales, relocating from the practical to the nightmarish, are deeply, felt, jam-packed with irony and black humor, usually experimental in shape. The imagery is notable: an architect desires a few appealing bridge that “would open and shut its arches like alligators making love”; a Mercedes Benz “shines at nighttime like a chromium rhinoceros.” One tale, “The slumbering Beauty,” is a college of letters, bulletins, and photograph captions that permits chilling conclusions to be drawn from what's now not written. the gathering comprises Ferré’s dialogue of “When ladies Love Men,” a narrative a few prostitute and a society girl who unite which will live to tell the tale, and one who illustrates the girl writer’s “art of dissembling anger via irony.” In last, she considers how her event as a Latin American lady with ties to the USA has delivered to her writing a twin cultural standpoint.

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By Ana Urkiza Ibaibarriaga,Bego Montorio Uribarren

Todo ser humano se debate, cada día, entre sueños, anhelos y deseos, a veces, de fuego, y otras, de hielo. Ana Urkiza ha sabido plasmar ese calidoscopio de sentimientos agridulces en su libro Deseos de hielo. A través de doce relatos de muy diferente tono y tesitura, los angeles escritora entrelaza de forma brillante una mirada sagaz con una escritura elegante. Un libro que engancha desde el principio y en el que el lector se verá identificado en sus breves pero intensos relatos. Esta novela fue publicada por primera vez en euskara en el año 2000. El amplio éxito obtenido entre los lectores ha hecho posible su reedición en varias ocasiones. Seis años después de su publicación, Ttarttalo se anima a publicar los angeles obra en castellano, con l. a. esperanza de reeditar el mismo éxito entre los lectores en castellano.

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By Lisa Marie Stringer,Lashawn Colvin

a narrative of affection, religion, heartache, abuse, and self mirrored image. The characters of this tale have obvious their justifiable share of adversities, but via all of it they can locate one another and an ever lasting love. This tale may well sound commonplace to a few and to a couple it will possibly come as a shock to understand that individuals event those concerns. but they can conquer all of them and hold their religion and love for one another.

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By Héctor Mota Portes

Mary Ann Payton es l. a. prostituta más deseada de Ketchikan, un famoso pueblo costero de Alaska. Su misteriosa muerte es solo una de las increíbles historias que dan vida a esta recopilación de cuentos cortos que se desarrollan desde el inhóspito Ártico hasta los confines de una cárcel en Hanói, pasando por el glamour de París y las estrechas calles de los angeles antigua ciudad colonial de Santo Domingo.

Mujeres que son víctimas del tráfico de personas o de ellas mismas, fantasmas que regresan del pasado, psicópatas vengativos, celosos empedernidos y un poema oculto en forma de cuento aparecen en esta edición.

Ambientadas en territorios conocidos con finales inesperados, estas historias se inscriben dentro de l. a. literatura fantástica matizada por fenómenos sobrenaturales.

Rebeca, una historia ganadora del Primer Premio del Concurso Internacional de Cuentos en Casa de Teatro es también parte de este libro.

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By Clarice Lispector,Cristina Peri Rossi,Juan García Gayo,Marcelo Cohen,Mario Morales,Miguel Cossío Woodward

«Los cuentos de Clarice Lispector aquí reunidos constituyen los angeles parte más rica y variada de su obra, y revelan por completo el trazo incandescente que dejó los angeles escritora brasileña en los angeles literatura iberoamericana contemporánea. En todo cuanto escribió está los angeles misma angustia existencial, comparable búsqueda de los angeles identidad femenina y, más adentro, de su condición de ser humano. En sus cuentos hay, ciertamente, el vuelo ensayístico, los angeles fulguración poética, el golpe chato de los angeles realidad cotidiana, l. a. historia interrumpida que podría continuar, como los angeles vida, más allá de l. a. anécdota. Leer a Clarice es identificarse con ella, desnudar su palabra, compartir una sensualidad casi física, entrar en el cuerpo de una obra que vibra y chispea, traducir a nuestro propio horizonte cultural su haz de preguntas lanzadas al viento, saber que, más allá de las letras, del espacio y el tiempo, hubo alguien, una mujer, que estuvo cerca del corazón salvaje y nos dejó, en su escritura y definitivamente, su soplo de vida.» Miguel Cossío Woodward

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By Alison MacLeod

Acutely saw, evocative number of brief tales from the guy Booker Prize-longlisted writer of Unexploded,blending fiction, biography and memoir

Hovering at the border of lifestyles and dying, those tales shape a ground-shifting assortment, taking us into historical past, literature and the hidden lives of iconic figures.

In Nineteen Twenties Nova Scotia, as iciness starts to thaw, a lady emerges from mourning and wears a brand new fur coat to a dance that would switch every little thing. searches for his lover on a charged summer season night in 2011, as round him London erupts in anger. A cardiac professional lingers at the fringe of recognition as he awaits a brand new center – and is transported to an attic room part a century in the past. In an historic Yorkshire churchyard, the writer visits Sylvia Plath's grave and makes an unforeseen connection throughout time. On a visit to Brighton, reluctant jihadists face the final word non secular attempt. And at Charleston, Angelica Garnett, baby of the Bloomsbury staff, is triumph over through the earlier, all of the loved ghosts that spring to existence earlier than her eyes.

Precise, playful and evocative, those exquisitely crafted tales discover reminiscence, the media and mortality, unfolding on the line among truth and fiction. Written with full of life intelligence and gentle perception, this assortment captures the miraculous joys, small tragedies and profound truths of existence.

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By Carmen Martín Gaite,Antonio Colinas

Difícilmente podrá olvidar cualquier lector las aventuras de las niñas que protagonizan estas dos pequeñas joyas, Altalé y Sorpresa, tan parecidas en sus cualidades, ambas valientes y rebeldes, pero tan diferentes en sus destinos; y muy difícilmente dejaremos de apasionarnos por los personajes que las rodean, verdaderas creaciones de l. a. literatura fantástica.

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