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Romance of the Stone of the Kingdom and the Prince of Coming-and-Going Blood (Romance d’A Pedra do Reino e o Príncipe do Sangue do Vai-e-Volta) by Ariano Suassuna

The word sertão is often translated as “backlands”, albeit to the Brazilians it denotes a specific region in the northeast of the country. Its area is approximately 250,000 square miles and the predominant relief is that of low uplands covered … Continue reading

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Small Symphony of the New World (Pequeña sinfonía del Nuevo Mundo) by Luis Cardoza y Aragón

This avant-garde prose poem was written between 1929 and 1932 but published only sixteen years later, well past the heyday of French Surrealism whose influence had shaped the Guatemalan author’s singular and somewhat obscure work. The themes and the language … Continue reading

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The Complete Short Stories (Cuentos completos) by José Lezama Lima

These five short stories published between 1936 and 1946 in different magazines give us a unique glimpse of the Cuban author’s creative laboratory, which later produced the neobaroque miracle of Paradiso. Already at the early stage of his writing career, … Continue reading

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