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62: A Model Kit

By Julio Cortazar

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First published in English in 1972, and long out of print. A brilliant, intricate surreal perspective of the so-called 'City.' One of the novel's main characters, an intellectual named Juan puts it that, to one person the City might appear as Paris; to another it might be where one ventures upon getting out of bed in Barcelona; to another it might appear as a beer hall in Oslo. In the words of Mexican novelist Carlos Fuentes, the book represents a cityscape that 'seems drawn up by the Marx Brothers with an assist from Bela Lugosi!' One of the more headventursome works in all of recent literature. A New Directions Classic. 281p. Pap.
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Living by their wits in the steamy slums of Bahia, a gang of orphans and runaways, led by fifteen-year-old "Bullet," spend their time stealing from Brazil's rich and privilaged until public outcry demands their capture.
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In this sublime novella that transcends its immediate story, a man returns to the town where a baffling murder took place 27 years earlier, determined to get to the bottom of the story. Just hours after marrying the beautiful Angela Vicario, everyone agrees, Byardo San Romain returned his bride in disgrace to her parents. Her distraught family forced her to name her first lover, and her twin brothers announced their intention to murder Santiago Nasar for dishonoring their sister. The moral of the story? `The more that is learned, the less is understood', considering the murder's foretelling & lack of intervention. Yes? No? 120p. Pap.
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First published in English in 1974. This haunting novel of power, corruption, and the complex search for identity takes place in 1950s Peru during the dictatorship of Manuel A. Odria. Over beers and a sea of freely spoken words, the conversation flows between two individuals, Santiago and Ambrosia, who talk of their tormented lives and of the overall degradation and frustration that has slowly taken over their town. Agroundbreaking novel that undertakes to explore the role of a citizen and how a lack of personal freedom can forever scar a people and a nation. 601p.
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Determined to regain the land her late husband had bequeathed to his illegitimate mulatto son, Do±ß InTs, the matriarch of a wealthy, eighteenth-century Caracas family, continues her quest, even after her death in 1780, over the course of two centuries of Venezuelan history. Reprint.
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Green House

By Mario Vargas Llosa

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The Peruvian novelist's classic early novel takes place in a Peruvian town, situated between desert & jungle, which is torn by boredom & lust. Don Anselmo, a stranger in a black coat, builds a brothel onthe outskirts of the town while he charms its innocent people, setting in motion a chain reaction with extraordinary consequences. This brothel, called the Green House, brings together the innocent & the corrupt: Bonificia, a young Indian girl saved by the nuns only to become a prostitute; Father Garcia, struggling for the church; and four best friends drawn to both excitement & escape. It is a world existing between savagery & civilization. 405p.
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Hopscotch

By Julio Cortazar

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Horacio Oliveria is an Argentinian writer who lives in Paris with his mistress, La Maga, surrounded by a loose-knit circle of bohemian friends who call themselves 'the Club.' A child's death and La Maga's disappearance put an end to his life of empty pleasures and intellectual acrobatics, and prompt Oliveira to return to Buenos Aires, where he works by turns as a salesman, a keeper of a circus cat which can truly count, and an attendant in an insane asylum. The novel consists of many 'books', and comes with instructions for the (suggested) order of their reading. One of the most celebrated novels of 20th-century Latin American fiction. 564p.
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A Los Angeles Times Favorite Book of the Year for 2005.Gregory Rabassa's influence as a translator is tremendous. His translations of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude and Julio Cortazar's Hopscotch have helped make these some of the the most widely read and respected works in world literature. (Garcia Marquez was known to say that the English translation of One Hundred Years was better than the Spanish original.) In If This Be Treason: Translation and Its Dyscontents, Rabassa offers a cool- headed and humorous defense of translation, laying out his views on the translator's art. Anecdotal and always illuminating, Rabassa traces his career from a boyhood on a New Hampshire farm, his school days "collecting" languages, the two and a half years he spent overseas during WWII, and his South American travels, until one day "I signed a contract to do my first translation of a long work [Cortazar's Hopscotch] for a commercial publisher." Additionally, Rabassa offers us his "rap sheet," a consideration of the various authors and the over 40 works he has translated. This long-awaited memoir is a joy to read, an instrumental guide to translating, and a look at the life of one of its great practitioners.
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Infinitely multiplied by the blare of radios, TVs and record players in San Juan, Macho Camacho's guaracha weaves its way across the city and through the lives of one family on a single day: Senator Vicente Reinosa, a crooked politician stuck in a gargantuan traffic jam; his neurotic, aristocratic wife; their son Benny, a fascist who is quite literally in love with his Ferrari; and the Senator's mistress, who inhabits a poorer world with her idiot cihld, her cousins (Hughie, Louie, and Dewey) and her friend Dona Chon. Macho Camacho's Brat blends the music of puns, fantastic wordplay, advertising slogans, and pop-culture references with the rhythm of the guaracha to satirize the invasive 'Americanization' of the island and the way in which a momentary fad impacts the culture at large.
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Modern readers will be surprised by Ribeiro's complex treatment of love and longing in Maiden and Modest (1554), because his narrative of suffering and unhappy love is told from the perspective of female protagonists. Indeed, a strikingly feminist note infuses the entire narrative, which also contains both autobiographical aspects and traces of the Cabala and Zohar. A self-conscious narrative that explores issues of gender, identity, and sexuality, Maiden and Modest makes a significant contribution to the development of the European novel. This is an essential book for readers of sixteenth-century literature and scholars of European fiction, sixteenth-century European studies, Renaissance studies, comparative literature, Jewish studies, women's studies, and feminist fiction.
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Marks of Identity

By Juan Goytisolo

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"This luxurious translation of a Spanish tour de force, about the return of an exile to his native Barcelona after the Spanish Civil War, should captivate those who prize the elegant lyricism and complexity of Latin American fiction"—Publishers WeeklyMarks of Identity is the first volume of Goytisolo’s great trilogy which includes Count Julian and Juan the Landless. It is an affirmation of the ability of the individual to survive the political tyrannies of our times.
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Rosario Tijeras

By Jorge Franco

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Novel set in Medellin, Colombia, winner of the 2000 Dashiell Hammett award, about a poverty-stricken young woman who becomes a killer to insulate herself from the random violence of the street. First novel by the young Colombian writer to be published in the United States.
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(1968). 8vo. 1st American edition. SIGNED by the author. Slight lean to spine with gentle bumping to ends. Trace soiling and minor foxing to textblock edges. Minor edgewear to d.j. with some spotting to rear panel. VG/VG.
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A statue of Saint Barbara comes to life in order to help Manela, a beautiful girl involved in a forbidden love with a taxi driver
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