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Donoso is probably the most prominent Chilean writer of the "boom" (a term he coined) and this is one of his more approachable novels, at least compared to the better known, but grotesque, The Obscene Bird of NIght. This story takes place during the summer holidays of the super rich on a Chilean country estate.
"The most comprehensive guide to the wines of the entire continent," Evan Goldstein journeys across ten countries, but, of course, gives greatest attention to the two major producing countries, covering their histories, regions, grapes, wineries and styles. He also provides information on wine country dining and leading chefs and restaurants.
"The Vineyard at the End of the World tells the fascinating, four-hundred-year history of how a wine mecca arose in the high Andean desert. Profiling the outlandish figures who fueled the Malbec revolution--including celebrity enologist Michel Rolland, acclaimed American winemaker Paul Hobbs, and the Mondavi-esque Catena family--Ian Mount describes in colorful detail the nefarious scams, brilliant business innovations, and backroom politics that put Malbec on the map."
Characteristic of the excelllent Duke University Press "Reader" series, The Chile Reader makes available a rich variety of documents spanning more than five hundred years of history. Most of the selections are by Chileans from diverse perspectives, whether Mapuche Indians, Spanish colonists, peasants, aristocrats, workers, entrepreneurs, feminists, priests or poets. Interviews, travel diaries, letters, cartoons, photographs, and song lyrics are included.
Like other entries in the Duke University Press "Reader" series, the selections cover a wide variety of historical periods, sources, themes, and formats to provide as complete a view of the country's history, culture and society as possible. The authors, largely Argentine, include some of the most prominent literary writers, historians, and political figures, including Tulio Halperin Donghi, San Martin, Rosas, Sarmiento, Alberdi, Echeverria, Darwin, Dario, Lugones, Girondo, Storni, Roberto Arlt, Borges, Victoria Ocampo, Cortazar, Rodolfo Walsh, Che Guevara, Alejandra Pizarnik, Peron, Guillermo O'Donnell, Ricardo Piglia, Alfonsin, Cesar Aira, and Beatriz Sarlo.
Bioy Casares, a master of the fantastic and the detective ("policial") genres, and a close collaborator of Borges -- many find his writing more engaging than Borges' -- here offers a mystery set in the Buenos Aires of the late 1920s.