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Stories use horror and fantasy to depict the alienation of modern life
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Text: English, Spanish (translation)From Publishers Weekly:
Laws of gravity are abrogated in this short fiction by a Cuban litterateur. Men swim on dry land, death does not relieve the insomniac of sleeplessness, parents become the children of their children. "Cold" with the frigidity of a hell in which "one freezes over a low flame," most of these 40-odd tales are no longer than two pages, taut evocations of the surreal. The most successful, however, develop slowly and abundantly as political commentary. A landlady commands the uninterrupted attention of her impoverished boarders as she spends a full eight months describing a photograph taken at her wedding: "The happiness of those people was absolute, and not even the most categorical social restitution would have satisfied them as much as the lady's descriptions." A civilian, observing his president's metamorphosis into the "dummy" of his official persona, arranges for a rubber dummy to stand in for the leader with unforeseeable success. The late Pinera calibrates the macabre with a confidence and wit reminiscent of Dino Buzzati; his highly original figurations of the absurd should invite interest in this first English publication of his stories.
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Book Description Distributed in the U.S.A. by Rizzoli International, 1988. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0941419185