The Beggar's Knife

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City Lights Books, 1985 - 95 pages
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From one of Guatemala's finest young writers, these twenty-six stories-at once brutal and intensely lyrical-are peopled with sorcerers, ghosts, and assassins. Springing from myth and beliefs indigenous to Central America and North America, where their action occurs, Rey Rosa's tales give the sense of being dreamed. At the same time they can be read as metaphors for the terror and oppression of years of warfare.

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User Review  - Donald Armfield - Goodreads

This is very deep written prose. The stories told are an imaginary treat. Some a little on the stronger dark side. Depending on your liking of reading. Read full review

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User Review  - John Thomas - Goodreads

Chilling...Beautifully written, poetic shorts. I found a first edition at Spoonbill Sugartown Brooklyn, not knowing anything about the author except that Paul Bowles had translated his work. It's been ... Read full review


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