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Points of Departure brings together seventeen Mexican authors born in the 1950s and 1960s, most of whom had never before been published in English. 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 sha Points of Departure brings together seventeen Mexican authors born in the 1950s and 1960s, most of whom had never before been published in English. 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 fatalism in the face of a reality where poverty, lawlessness, and urban decay coexist alongside innocent dreams of love. Bernardo Ruíz, Josefina Estrada, Rafael Pérez Gay, Humberto Rivas, Daniel Sada, Rosa Beltrán, David Toscana, Juan Villoro, Mónica Lavín, Juvenal Acosta, Álvaro Uribe, Rosina Conde, Eduardo Antonio Parra, Mauricio Montiel, Ethel Krauze, Enrique Serna, Francisco Hinojosa "A satisfying collection of 17 short stories by as many writers, all born in the 1950s and 1960s. . . A fine collection." —Kirkus Review 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. Mónica Lavin (Mexico City) is a writer and journalist, a dedicated cultural organizer and commentator, and president of the Association of Ibero-American Writers.


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Points of Departure brings together seventeen Mexican authors born in the 1950s and 1960s, most of whom had never before been published in English. 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 sha Points of Departure brings together seventeen Mexican authors born in the 1950s and 1960s, most of whom had never before been published in English. 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 fatalism in the face of a reality where poverty, lawlessness, and urban decay coexist alongside innocent dreams of love. Bernardo Ruíz, Josefina Estrada, Rafael Pérez Gay, Humberto Rivas, Daniel Sada, Rosa Beltrán, David Toscana, Juan Villoro, Mónica Lavín, Juvenal Acosta, Álvaro Uribe, Rosina Conde, Eduardo Antonio Parra, Mauricio Montiel, Ethel Krauze, Enrique Serna, Francisco Hinojosa "A satisfying collection of 17 short stories by as many writers, all born in the 1950s and 1960s. . . A fine collection." —Kirkus Review 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. Mónica Lavin (Mexico City) is a writer and journalist, a dedicated cultural organizer and commentator, and president of the Association of Ibero-American Writers.

29 review for Points of Departure: New Stories from Mexico

  1. 5 out of 5

    John

    Stories Read: "Coyote" - Juan Villoro "Enrique Serna" - Self Love "The Big Brush" - David Toscana "The Basilisk"- Daniel Sada Most of the writers I expected to deliver did. Juan Villoro's Coyote is amazing. Enrique Serna's Self-Love is great...and seriously creepy. Daniel Sada's piece is kind of weak, but some other good stories in the mix make up for it. Stories Read: "Coyote" - Juan Villoro "Enrique Serna" - Self Love "The Big Brush" - David Toscana "The Basilisk"- Daniel Sada Most of the writers I expected to deliver did. Juan Villoro's Coyote is amazing. Enrique Serna's Self-Love is great...and seriously creepy. Daniel Sada's piece is kind of weak, but some other good stories in the mix make up for it.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Chuck

    Interesting, quirky stories. A few seemed a little too academic.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Matt Briggs

  4. 4 out of 5

    M

  5. 5 out of 5

    Karen

  6. 5 out of 5

    City Lights Booksellers & Publishers

  7. 5 out of 5

    Rashaan

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kristy

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lori

  10. 5 out of 5

    Darryl

  11. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Polansky

    An anthology of stories from recent-ish Mexcian authors. I’m not sure how you review an anthology, frankly. Some of these were very good. Some of them were less so. Generally, the quality was very high, I picked up a couple of authors whose works I’ll be exploring in the weeks to come.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Steev Hise

  13. 5 out of 5

    Wordfest Calgary

  14. 5 out of 5

    Julie

  15. 4 out of 5

    Josie

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jake FromStatefarm

  17. 5 out of 5

    BookDB

  18. 5 out of 5

    Naga Teja

  19. 5 out of 5

    Divya Upadhya

  20. 5 out of 5

    Rishitha

  21. 4 out of 5

    Brianna

  22. 5 out of 5

    Matthew

  23. 4 out of 5

    Tony Gaxiola

  24. 4 out of 5

    Stephy

  25. 4 out of 5

    Alison Rennie

  26. 4 out of 5

    Subhasree Basu

  27. 5 out of 5

    Hope Baker

  28. 4 out of 5

    Donna Flores

  29. 5 out of 5

    Featherbooks

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