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VOCES DE HISPANOAMERICA, the market-leading anthology, features the most distinguished authors of Spanish-American literature from the pre-colonial period to the present. Introductory essays and literary selections, combined with many historical and literary references, make this text an invaluable resource. Through detailed essays that focus on each historical period, this 5th edition provides the necessary background information for you to effectively study, analyze, and evaluate literary works.
At first glance, Maluco, la novela de los descubridores, by the Uruguayan novelist Napolen Bacino Ponce de Len (Montevideo 1947) is about Hernando de Magalhaes' first expedition around the world, as described by the fleet's jester who, in a letter addressed to an aged Charles I of Spain, in his declining years, asking that the king intercede "with your son, our beloved Phillip, and ask that he reinstate the pension that I lost because I sought the truth in villages and public squares." Of course his claim implies acknowledgement of himself as one of the nineteen survivors, thus documenting the truth of his deeds and, to some extent, of the whole endeavour. The symbolic wealth of Maluco becomes apparent as the possibility of a circular ending is suggested, interwoven with profound doubts. Did this journey really take place? One hypothesis suggests that it was an inner journey. Can any journey be riskier or more important than an inner one? These doubts assail the king himself, now on his deathbed, and he consults his chronicler, Juan Gins Sepulveda. The king's queries are not explicit in the novel, but are reflected in the careful answers of the chronicler, and the inclusion of this response as an Appendix reinforces its reflective, mirror-image quality. Prof. Malva E. Filer's introduction discusses the novel's relationship to theories of the New Historical Novel, as developed by Seymour Menton and other critics, and also points out Napolen Bacino's ability to transcend "the historical framework and the political and social conflicts involved in the narration, as well as the associations that may be established with the time context when it was written, or with interpretations that depend on literary criticism theoretical models." In her notes and introduction to the present edition, Prof. Malva E. Filer highlights Maluco's "long lasting value, precisely because it opens the possibility of multiple readings while dramatizing the dreams and ambitions that always drive human conduct, casting mankind into adventure and displays of daring bravery, and at the same time unleashing its passions and destructive impulse." Maluco is one of those literary works filled with universality and timelessness, the two qualities that establish a book as a classic, a work of fiction through which every reader can recognize the parameters of his own human condition. Maluco obtained: Premio de Novela "Casa De Las Amricas" 1989-1990 in La Habana, Cuba. Premio Latinoamericano de Narrativa 1990, by the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes de Mxico and the Universidad de Colima. First runner-up to the Premio Internacional de Novela "Rmulo Gallegos" 1991, after "La Visita en el Tiempo," by Arturo Uslar Pietri. "From start to finish we are in the hands of a master (...) a perceptive, sophiscated narrator who illustrates the importance of the art of storytelling. More than an account of hardships endured or individual histories, this a meditation on man's age old dream of eluding death and leaving his mark on the world as he journeys through life." KIRKUS REVIEWS, N.Y.
In her 1999 novel, Una mujer de fin de siglo, Maria Rosa Lojo evokes the decades that followed Rosas' dictatorship of Argentina (1829-1952), when the country began to move toward modernity, impelled by the ideology and aspirations of its new leaders. The protagonist of the novel, the writer Eduarda Mansilla de Garca, was Rosas' niece, and the sister of Lucio V. Mansilla, the author of the well-known Una excursin a los indios ranqueles. Eduarda Mansilla's husband, Manuel Rafael Garca, a career diplomat, was a member of the victorious anti-Rosas party. Lojo's novel features the drama of this highly cultured woman of great literary and artistic talent, whose beauty and upper class privilege destined her for luxury and social success, but who was made to pay a high price for her vocation as a writer by the Argentine society of her era. Lojo constructs her character by interweaving texts by Mansilla (Recuerdos de viaje, Creaciones) with her son Daniel Garca Mansilla's memoirs, and Lojo's own fictive texts. In the first part of the book, Lojo explores Eduarda Mansilla's thoughts and intimate conflicts, allowing her to speak in her own voice, either quoted or imagined. In the second part, the character is viewed from the perspective of her young French secretary, Alice Frinet, who understands the psychological torment of Mansilla, who, in order to fully develop herself as an individual and as a writer, abandoned her husband and children and returned to Argentina, after living for many years in the U.S. and Europe, where her husband held his various diplomatic postings. Eduarda Mansilla was a victim of slander and of lack of recognition in literary circles, but she was also troubled by her own sense of guilt, which may explain her request in final will and testament that her books not be reprinted. In the third part of the novel we hear the voice of Daniel, the son to whom she was closest, not only emotionally but also because he shared and appreciated her literary vocation. The creation of memory and collective identity for Argentine women is taking place through novels like this one, in which Lojo has succeeded in reconstructing a world that exists only in literary texts, where the most outstanding literary and artistic individuals of that era, in Argentina and in Europe, live on through their fictitious characters. Una mujer de fin de siglo is an excellent text to include in courses about Hispanic American women writers, in courses on gender and feminism, or courses about the fictionalization of historic characters in current narratives. Prof. Malva Filer's introduction to the text, and the many notes included in this edition make it accessible to undergraduates as well as graduate level students.
VOCES DE HISPANOAMERICA, 4E, International Edition the market-leading anthology, features the most distinguished authors of Spanish-American literature from the Pre-Colonial period to the present. The introductory essays and literary selections, combined with the many historical and literary references, make this text an invaluable resource for both students and instructors. Through detailed essays that focus on each historical period, the book provides the necessary background information for students to effectively study, analyze, and evaluate literary works. A complete novel or other literary works may be used in conjunction with the anthology to allow for a more specialized approach to the study of a literary genre or period.
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