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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.
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.
Characteristic of the excellent Duke University Press "Reader" series, The Chile Reader presents 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 "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
The Brazil Reader's historical selections range from early colonization to the present day, with sections on imperial and republican Brazil, the days of slavery, the Vargas years, and the return to democracy. They include letters, photographs, interviews, legal documents, visual art, music, poetry, fiction, reminiscences, and scholarly analyses. The Reader looks at social behavior, women's lives, architecture, literature, sexuality, popular culture, and social inequalities from the Amazon to the Northeast and the Central-South.
“…from prizewinning journalist and Brazilian native Juliana Barbassa…[written] under the spotlight of the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games… this kaleidoscopic portrait of Rio introduces the reader to the people who make up this city of extremes, revealing their aspirations and their grit, their violence, their hungers and their splendor…”
Machado de Assis is widely acknowledged as Brazil’s – and Rio’s – greatest writer, whose literary devices prefigured the literature of the 20th century, and at the same time, recalls Sterne or Swift. Dom Casmurro is a novel of marriage and adultery, but his stories and other novels, such as Quincas Borba and Epitaph of a Small Winner (aka "The Posthumous Memoirs of Brás Cubas") are equally good choices.
Amado (1912-2001) probably remains Brazil's best known writer internationally, translated into nearly 50 languages with popular film versions of his books, such as "Dona Flor and her Two Husbands." All his fiction is accessible, but The Violent Land is a good example of his robust depictions of Brazilian society, in this case the exploitative plantation system of his native northeast Brazil. At the same time, the political militant Amado presented a relentlessly optimistic picture of the Brazilian masses who transcend violence, poverty, and oppression.
Considered one of the most innovative writers of the 20th century, Lispector is especially distinguished for the prose of her short stories and their revelations of the interior lives of housewives, adolescent girls, family matriarchs, et al.
Over seventy short stories by 37 of the best-known Brazilian writers of the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries, beginning with ten by Machado de Assis. The large volume includes a general introduction to Brazilian literary culture, author descriptions, and a general bibliography on Brazil and Brazilian literature in English.