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The Plain In Flames

Author : Juan Rulfo
ISBN : 0292725833
Genre : Fiction
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Juan Rulfo is one of the most important writers of twentieth-century Mexico, though he wrote only two books—the novel Pedro Páramo (1955) and the short story collection El llano en llamas (1953). First translated into English in 1967 as The Burning Plain, these starkly realistic stories create a psychologically acute portrait of poverty and dignity in the countryside at a time when Mexico was undergoing rapid industrialization following the upheavals of the Revolution. According to Ilan Stavans, the stories' "depth seems almost inexhaustible: with a few strokes, Rulfo creates a complex human landscape defined by desolation. These stories are lessons in morality. . . . They are also astonishing examples of artistic distillation." To introduce a new generation of readers to Rulfo's unsurpassable literary talents, this new translation repositions the collection as a classic of world literature. Working from the definitive Spanish edition of El llano en llamas established by the Fundación Juan Rulfo, Ilan Stavans and co-translator Harold Augenbram present fresh translations of the original fifteen stories, as well as two more stories that have not appeared in English before—"The Legacy of Matilde Arcángel" and "The Day of the Collapse." The translators have artfully preserved the author's "peasantisms," in appreciation of the distinctive voices of his characters. Such careful, elegiac rendering of the stories perfectly suits Rulfo's Mexico, in which people on the edge of despair nonetheless retain a sense of self, of integrity that will not be taken away.
Category: Fiction

The Plain In Flames

Author : Juan Rulfo
ISBN : 0292743858
Genre : Fiction
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Juan Rulfo is one of the most important writers of twentieth-century Mexico, though he wrote only two books—the novel Pedro Páramo (1955) and the short story collection El llano en llamas (1953). First translated into English in 1967 as The Burning Plain, these starkly realistic stories create a psychologically acute portrait of poverty and dignity in the countryside at a time when Mexico was undergoing rapid industrialization following the upheavals of the Revolution. According to Ilan Stavans, the stories' "depth seems almost inexhaustible: with a few strokes, Rulfo creates a complex human landscape defined by desolation. These stories are lessons in morality. . . . They are also astonishing examples of artistic distillation." To introduce a new generation of readers to Rulfo's unsurpassable literary talents, this new translation repositions the collection as a classic of world literature. Working from the definitive Spanish edition of El llano en llamas established by the Fundación Juan Rulfo, Ilan Stavans and co-translator Harold Augenbram present fresh translations of the original fifteen stories, as well as two more stories that have not appeared in English before—"The Legacy of Matilde Arcángel" and "The Day of the Collapse." The translators have artfully preserved the author's "peasantisms," in appreciation of the distinctive voices of his characters. Such careful, elegiac rendering of the stories perfectly suits Rulfo's Mexico, in which people on the edge of despair nonetheless retain a sense of self, of integrity that will not be taken away.
Category: Fiction

Paso Del Norte

Author : Juan Rulfo
ISBN : 0292701322
Genre : Fiction
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A major figure in the history of post-Revolutionary literature in Mexico, Juan Rulfo received international acclaim for his brilliant short novel Pedro Páramo (1955) and his collection of short stories El llano en llamas (1953), translated as a collection here in English for the first time. In the transition of Mexican fiction from direct statements of nationalism and social protest to a concentration on cosmopolitanism, the works of Rulfo hold a unique position. These stories of a rural people caught in the play of natural forces are not simply an interior examination of the phenomena of their world; they are written for the larger purpose of showing the actions of humans in broad terms of reality.
Category: Fiction

The Golden Cockerel And Other Writings

Author : Juán Rulfo
ISBN : 1941920586
Genre : Fiction
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This work presents Juan Rulfo's cinematic second novel in English for the first time ever alongside several stories never before translated.
Category: Fiction

When You Are Engulfed In Flames

Author : David Sedaris
ISBN : 0316032514
Genre : Humor
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"David Sedaris's ability to transform the mortification of everyday life into wildly entertaining art," (The Christian Science Monitor) is elevated to wilder and more entertaining heights than ever in this remarkable new book. Trying to make coffee when the water is shut off, David considers using the water in a vase of flowers and his chain of associations takes him from the French countryside to a hilariously uncomfortable memory of buying drugs in a mobile home in rural North Carolina. In essay after essay, Sedaris proceeds from bizarre conundrums of daily life-having a lozenge fall from your mouth into the lap of a fellow passenger on a plane or armoring the windows with LP covers to protect the house from neurotic songbirds-to the most deeply resonant human truths. Culminating in a brilliant account of his venture to Tokyo in order to quit smoking, David Sedaris's sixth essay collection is a new masterpiece of comic writing from "a writer worth treasuring" (Seattle Times). Praise for When You Are Engulfed in Flames: "Older, wiser, smarter and meaner, Sedaris...defies the odds once again by delivering an intelligent take on the banalities of an absurd life." --Kirkus Reviews This latest collection proves that not only does Sedaris still have it, but he's also getting better....Sedaris's best stuff will still--after all this time--move, surprise, and entertain." --Booklist Table of Contents: It's Catching Keeping Up The Understudy This Old House Buddy, Can You Spare a Tie? Road Trips What I Learned That's Amore The Monster Mash In the Waiting Room Solutions to Saturday's Puzzle Adult Figures Charging Toward a Concrete Toadstool Memento Mori All the Beauty You Will Ever Need Town and Country Aerial The Man in the Hut Of Mice and Men April in Paris Crybaby Old Faithful The Smoking Section
Category: Humor

Celtic Flames

Author : Kathie Walters
ISBN : 1888081554
Genre : Christian saints
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Category: Christian saints

Flying Blue Tacos

Author : Hector G. Gonzalez
ISBN : 0991333543
Genre :
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Flying Blue Tacos is a hilarious collection of insightful observations made by the main character, Hector Gonzalez, regarding his Mexican-American culture. Hector is a college student who is interested in entering an art contest at the university in order to try and win the thousand dollars first place prize. He is torn between entering a "typical" Mexican-American painting (skulls, farm workers, La Virgen de Guadalupe, pachucos, etc.), and a more universal, abstract painting. As he contemplates which of the two paintings to enter, he weighs in on many topics familiar to most Mexican-Americans, such as: Tired of Hearing "Sí Se Puede" all of the Time - Its been used in everything from immigration rallies to high school pep-rallies to my aunt yelling enthusiastically at her 2-year-old son ~ Sí se puede! ~ Sí se puede!... as he sat on the toilet trying to take a crap after being constipated for a couple of days. Trick-or-Treating in the Rich White Neighborhoods - Once in a while, someone would screw up and answer, "Sí, it's yo--Yenifer." But for the most part, they had no idea they were handing out candy to Hectors, Pablos, Marias, and Yenifers and not to Billys, Toms, Pattys and Jennifers. Defining the Term "Chicano" - ...if someone thinks he's a Chicano, then he's a Chicano. Besides, there's no Chicano Kennel Club sending out Certificates of Authenticity or pedigree papers showing someone is a purebred Chicano. Mexican's Favorite Type of Therapy - Denial Therapy is the preferred method of therapy for Mexicans. It's much better than Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or Psychoanalysis Therapy because it doesn't require seeing anyone with an advanced degree, there isn't a co-payment to make at the end of a session, the hours are flexible, and it's free. Denial Therapy may not fix the issue at hand, but it makes it bearable for at least one more day. Flying Blue Tacos will keep the readers laughing throughout the book. As the cover states: It's a Stand-Up Routine in Literary Form.
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Here S To You Jesusa

Author : Elena Poniatowska
ISBN : 0142001228
Genre : Fiction
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A sensitive account of the life of Jesusa Palancares de Aguilar follows the young woman from her childhood, through her role in the Mexican Revolution and difficult marriage, to her post-revolutionary criminal career, in a richly textured historical novel that offers an intriguing study of the most important events in Mexican history during the twentieth century. Reprint.
Category: Fiction

Winter On The Plain Of Ghosts

Author : Eileen Kernaghan
ISBN : 0973401206
Genre : Fantasy fiction, Canadian
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Category: Fantasy fiction, Canadian

Border Thinking On The Edges Of The West

Author : Andrew Davison
ISBN : 9781134636600
Genre : Political Science
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Drawing on scholarly and life experience on, and over, the historically posited borders between "West" and "East," the work identifies, interrogates, and challenges a particular, enduring, violent inheritance – what it means to cross over a border – from the classical origins of Western political thought. The study has two parts. The first is an effort to work within the Western tradition to demonstrate its foundational and enduring, violent conception of crossing over borders. The second is a creative effort to explore and encourage a fundamentally different outlook towards borders and what it means to be on, at, or over them. The underlying social theoretical disposition of the work is a form of post-Orientalist hermeneutics; the textual subject matter of the two parts of the study is linked using Walter Benjamin's concept of the storyteller. The underlying premise of the work is that the sense of violent possibility on the borders between "West" and "East" existed well before the more recent "age of imperialism" and even before there was a "West" or an "East" to speak of. That sense is constitutive of a political imagination about borders developed deep within the revered sources of Western culture. On the other hand, confronting the influence of such violent imaginaries requires truly novel modes of hermeneutical openness, hospitality and solidarity. Seeking to offer a new understanding and opening in the study of borders, this work will provide a significant contribution to several areas including international relations theory, border studies and political theory.
Category: Political Science