20th Century Literature
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|Alegría, Fernando. The Maypole Warriors. Translated by Carlos Lozano. Unproofed Galley Copy. Pittsburgh, Latin American Literary Review Press, 1993. 13.5 x 21.5cm. 192 pages. Original softcover. Excellent condition, as new.
Alegria turns to the history of his native Chile in this visionary new novel. The book traces the crises of a family during the tumultuous years of the 1930s and 1940s. As it opens, Don Carlos, the dominating patriarch, has died, leaving his family adrift amid changing realities in their country. The bourgeois clan’s fortunes have sunk but its members still cling to vestiges of their lost prestige. Family ruination is never far from the center of this novel—the lives of the characters and their decline serve as metaphors for Chilean society. Fascists clash with left-wing students, violence against women provides a cheap substitute for genuine power. Alegria’s prose is lyrical, he is deft at finding the evocative metaphor, the searing image. In a stylish translation by Lozano, the book will capture both the reader’s attention and conscience. [From Publishers Weekly]
Keywords: 20th Century Literature, Chile, Chilean Authors, Fiction, Historical Fiction Novel, Literature, Novel, Translations
|Alexander, Francesca. The Hidden Servants and Other Very Old Stories. Told over again by Francesca Alexander. First edition. Boston, Little, Brown, and Company, 1901. 13.5 x 19.5cm. Frontispiece, (17), 234 pages. Original hardcover with gilt lettering in protective Mylar. Gilt tops and deckled edges. Very good condition, some minor signs of wear to spine, binding slightly shaky. Dedication to Lady Hobart by author on front free endpaper / Beautifully signed by Francesca Alexander.
Stories include: The Hidden Servants / The Bag of Sand / Il Crocifisso della Providenza / Angels in the Churchyard / The Origin of the Indian Corn / The Eldest Daughter of the King / Bishop Troilus / The Crosses on the Wall / Suora Marianna / The Lupins / The Silver Cross / The Tears of Repentance
Keywords: 20th Century Literature, American Authors, American Literature, Children's Books, SIGNED, Story book
|Ali, Monica. Brick Lane: A Novel. First Scribner Edition. New York, Scribner, 2003. 16 cm x 23.5 cm. 369 pages. Original Hardcover with original dustjacket in protective collector’s mylar. Fine. Near new condition.
″ Monica Ali’s gorgeous first novel is the deeply moving story of one woman, Nazneen, born in a Bangladeshi village and transported to London at age eighteen to enter into an arranged marriage. Already hailed by the London Observer as “one of the most significant British novelists of her generation,” Ali has written a stunningly accomplished debut about one outsider’s quest to find her voice.
Keywords: 20th Century Literature, British Literature, Novel
|Allende, Isabel. The Stories of Eva Luna. Translated from the Spanish by Margaret Sayers Peden. Uncorrected Advance Proof. New York, Atheneum, 1990. 13.5 x 21cm. 335 pages. Original softcover in protective sleeve. Excellent condition, as new. Signed by Isabel Allende.
The eponymous heroine of Eva Luna returns as the narrator of 23 tales, sumptuous marriages of Chilean writer Allende’s earthy characters and her celestial version of magical realism. Although other figures from that novel also reappear (for example, Eva Luna spins her stories at the request of her lover Rolf Carle), this collection is in no sense a sequel: indeed, each piece here can stand alone. Allende’s people are warm-blooded, original, memorable. A simple lyricism evokes European emigres to South America; social climbers; outlaws; schoolteachers; Indians; a nearly indefatigable imagination explores the critical moments in these figures’ lives. Many of the stories build on the intricate attachments of unlikely lovers, such as a dictator and the foreign woman he abducts or a criminal and a judge’s wife. Allende’s inventiveness justifies her own comparisons of her literary creation to Scheherazade, and throughout all these short works whispers the mysticism of Eva Luna herself—her well-placed faith in a world of spirits and in the immortality of human love. [From Publishers Weekly]
Keywords: 20th Century Literature, Chile, Chilean Authors, Fiction, Literature, Short Stories, Signed, Translations
|Álvarez Gardeazábal, Gustavo. Bazaar of the Idiots. Translated by Susan F. Hill and Jonathan Tittler. Introduction by Raymond Leslie Williams. Uncorrected Page Proof. Pittsburgh, Latin American Literary Review Press, 1991. 13.5 x 21.5cm. 192 pages. Original softcover. Excellent condition, as new. [Discoveries Series, Editor: Yvette E. Miller].
In this funny spoof on religion, morals and manners in the town of Tulua, Colombian novelist Gardeazabal presents a world where sinners are blessed with divine restorative powers while zealous adherents suffer the torments of hell. Through a twist of fate Tulua’s most shunned resident, Marcianita, the illegitimate daughter of a parish priest, becomes a celebrity after she marries a respectable engineer and bears two sons who, though idiots, are “super-endowed” with sexual potency. Marcianita’s sons use their “curative prowess” to make a crippled beauty queen walk, and word of this and other “miracles” spreads. Soon pilgrims visit the town, followed by journalists and entrepreneurs with plans to capitalize on Tulua’s new tourist attraction. Gardeazabal’s first book to be translated into English takes the shape of a series of related fables with their own mythical reality and bizarre characters, among them a priest who hypnotizes poisonous spiders until one sinks its barb in him and puts him in a cataleptic coma. Though powerful in its criticism of religious and social repression, the book’s humor packs the biggest punch. [From Publishers Weekly]
Keywords: 20th Century Literature, Colombia, Fiction, Latin American Authors, Latin American Literature, Literature, Novel, Translations
|Amado, Jorge. The War of the Saints. Translated by Gregory Rabassa. Advance Reading Copy. New York, Bantam Books, 1993. 15 x 23cm. 355 pages. Original softcover. Excellent condition, as new.
Jorge Amado has been called one of the great writers of our time. The joyfulness of his storytelling and his celebration of life’s sensual pleasures have found him a loyal following. With “The War Of The Saints,” he has created an exuberant tale set among the flashing rhythms, intoxicating smells, and bewitching colors of the carnival. The holy icon of Saint Barbara of the Thunder is bound for the city of Bahia for an exhibition of holy art. As the boat the bears the image is docking, a miracle occurs and Saint Barbara comes to life, disappearing into the milling crowd on the quay. Somewhere in the city a young woman has fallen in love, and her prudish guardian aunt has locked her away—an act of intolerance that Saint Barbara must redress. And when she casts her spell over the city, no one’s life will remain unchanged. [From publisher’s note]
Keywords: 20th Century Literature, Brazil, Brazilian Authors, Fiction, Literature, Novel, Translations
|Anderson Imbert, Enrique. The Other Side of the Mirror: El Grimorio. Authorized Translation and Introduction by Isabel Reade. Foreword by J. Cary Davis. Continental Edition. Carbondale and Edwardsville / London and Amsterdam, Southern Illinois University Press / Feffer and Simons, Inc., 1973. 13.5 x 21cm. (13), 226 pages. Original softcover with endpapers. Spine sunned, otherwise excellent condition. [Contemporary Latin American Classics, General Editor: J. Cary Davis].
In his work, Enrique Anderson-Anderson fought for a renewal of the Argentinian literary landscape, moving away from 19th century realism to favor fantasy, intellectual depth, and a richer, more flexible language. In 1934 he published Vigilia (A Vigil), his first novel, and three years later La flecha en el aire (The Arrow in the Air), a collection of essays. Fascinated by the theory and techniques of the short story, his early literary output was enough to establish him as one of the founding fathers of the so-called “magic realism” which was later followed by Miguel Angel Asturias, Alejo Carpentier, and Gabriel García Márquez, the famous stars of the Spanish American boom. In 1956 The Other Side of the Mirror appeared, his first book of short stories translated into English. In 1965 Enrique Anderson-Imbert was appointed as the first Victor S. Thomas Professor of Hispanic Literature at Harvard University, a move that heralded the flourishing of the study of Iberoamerican literature in U. S. universities. [Harvard Gazette]
Keywords: 20th Century Literature, Argentina, Argentinian Authors, Fiction, Latin American Authors, Latin American Literature, Literature, Short Stories, Translations
|Arenas, Reinaldo. The Palace of the White Skunks. Translated by Andrew Hurley. Unrevised Proof Copy. New York, Viking, 1990. 15.5 x 23.5cm. 328 pages. Original softcover. Excellent condition, with only very minor signs of shelf wear.
This semi-autobiographical tale by an author expelled from Cuba a decade ago takes up where Singing in the Well left off. Fortunato, now an adolescent living in a household of loud and vexatious women, moves with them from the country to the drab and unhistorical city of Holguin, where they set up a sugarcane press, spar with each other in frustration, and stink of rotten fruit. City life, he reasons, will be tough, because cities are what turned his girl cousins into prostitutes. Things get so bad (God is addressed as “you old faggot”) that the family tries to forget its private hell by adopting the hell that is “for everyone alike.” When Fortunato joins the rebels in 1958, the quality of his life does not improve. Arenas’s unconventional narrative impressively combines dialog, mini-plays, advertisements, and newspaper reports into a lyrical and harmonious portrait of hardship and despair in Batista’s Cuba. [From Library Journal]
Keywords: 20th Century Literature, Cuba, Cuban Authors, Cuban Literature, Fiction, Literature, Novel
|[Auden, W.H. / Kallman, Chester] Clark, Thekla. Wystan and Chester: A Personal Memoir of W.H. Auden and Chester Kallman. Introduction by James Fenton. New York, Columbia University Press, 1995. 14.5 cm x 22.5 cm. XII, 130 pages. With 15 photographs. Original Hardcover with original dustjacket in protective collector’s mylar. Excellent condition with only very minor signs of external wear. Inscription by preowner. Otherwise clean inside with solid binding.
Includes the following: Introduction by James Fenton / Part I Ischia / Part II Kirchstetten / Epilogue.
Keywords: 20th Century Literature, Biography, Chester Kallman, Poetry, W.H. Auden
|Bellow, Saul. Mosby’s Memoirs and Other Stories. London, Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1969. 13.5 cm x 20.5 cm. 184 pages. Original hardcover with original dustjacket in protective Mylar. Very good condition with some minor signs of external wear to the dustjacket. The Volume itself in excellent condition. Signed by the author.
Contains the following stories: Leaving the Yellow House / The Old System / Looking for Mr. Green / The Gonzaga Manuscripts / A Father-to-be / Mosby’s Memoirs.
Keywords: 20th Century Literature, American Literature, American literature, Jewish Literature, short stories, Signed
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