Points of Departure: New Stories from Mexico

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Mónica Lavin
City Lights Books, 2001 - Fiction - 159 pages
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These seventeen stories represent the best of the generation of Mexican writers born in the 50s and 60s. Magical realism and exoticism are nowhere to be found in this collection of sophisticated, very contemporary stories. Rather, the surreal contradictions and juxtapositions of daily life in Mexico are a permeating presence. A sharp sense of irony, incongruity, and hilarity pervades many of the scenarios offered here, along with an acid-tongued fatality in the harsh face of a life where poverty, lawlessness, and urban decay coexist alongside innocent dreams of love.

Monica Lavin (Mexico City) is a writer and journalist, a dedicated cultural organizer and commentator, and president of the Association of Iberoamerican Writers.

Contributors include:

Bernardo Ruiz
Josefina Estrada
Rafael Perez Gay
Humberto Rivas
Daniel Sada
Rosa Beltran
David Toscana
Juan Villoro
Monica Lavin
Juvenal Acosta
Alvaro Uribe
Rosina Conde
Eduardo Antonio Parra
Mauricio Montiel
Ethel Krauze
Enrique Serna
Francisco Hinojosa

  

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Contents

QUEEN OF SHADOWS
15
JUNE GAVE HIM THE VOICE
29
HE WOULDNT GIVE UP HIS TURN
45
THE BIG BRUSH
65
WHY COME BACK?
93
THE HOSTAGE
107
OLGA OR THE DARKEST MAMBO
127
SELFLOVE
143
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About the author (2001)

Mónica Lavín (Mexico City) is a writer and a journalist. In Mexico, she has published short stories and novels, and she is a regular contributor to national magazines, writing columns of cultural commentary and criticism. A dedicated cultural organizer, she is president of the Association of Ibero-American Writers.

Gustavo Segade is Emeritus Professor of Spanish at San Diego State University. He has translated the work of many South American and Mexican writers, including Olga Orozco, Alberto Blanco, Rosina Conde, Sergio Elizondo, Mónica Lavín and Daniel Sada.

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