This debut collection is amazing. The finesse of the storytelling is a pleasure on every page. The importance of immigrant issues becomes not a political statement so much as an epic story of all peoples survival. Although the stories are not linked and take place in various geographies China, Europe, the United States, and Mexico still, the continuity remains with the heroine figure. She is a woman who travels through miseries, between the worlds of the living and the spirits. La Llorona s shadow casts a spell on these stories, where loss occurs, but the natural world offers solace, as well as unexpected beauties. This is a book of songs as well as myths. --Denise Low-Weso
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Xánath Caraza is a traveler, educator, poet, and short story writer. Caraza is an Award Winning Finalist in the Fiction: Multicultural category in the 2013 International Book Awards. Her book Conjuro (Mammonth Publications, 2012) was awarded second place in the Best Poetry Book in Spanish category and received honorable mention in the Best First Book in Spanish, Mariposa Award category in the 2013 International Latino Book Awards. She was named number one of the 2013 Top Ten New Latino Authors to Watch (and Read) by LatinoStories.com. She won the 2003 Ediciones Nuevo Espacio international short story contest in Spanish and was a 2008 finalist for the first international John Barry Award. She is the author of Corazón Pintado: Ekphrastric Poems (TL Press, 2012) and Silabas de viento, forthcoming from Mammoth Publications. Caraza writes the US Latino Poets en español column. She is an advisory circle member for the Con Tinta literary organization and has curated the National Poetry Month, Poem-a-Day project, for the organization since 2012. She is a former board member of the Latino Writers Collective. Caraza has participated in the X Festival Internacional de Poesía de la ciudad de Granada 2013, Floricanto Barcelona 2011 and 2012, Festival de Flor y Canto 2010, USC. Originally from Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico, she has lived in Vermont and Kansas City. She has an M.A. in Romance Languages, and lectures in Foreign Languages and Literatures at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.Review:
Xánath Caraza's book of fiction is a poetic song narrative that speaks of love and deep loss. These photographic narrative portraits contain jubilant, brooding, sensual characters woven within deftly-crafted rich descriptions of land and atmosphere: the way humid air can be so thick, the sounds of rain on foliage. And like Octavio Paz's story, My Life with the Wave, Caraza's narrator in Scofield 207, becomes pure meta-narrative. However, instead of a Paz-like wave emerging from sea, Caraza's character comes up out of the paper, pulling the writer into the page. These are complex, beautiful stories carefully crafted with a fine-tuned rhythm. You can hear the music as you read, each phrase a tactile beat. --Amelia María de la Luz Montes, writer for La Bloga, Director of The Institute for Ethnic Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
These stories, linked by deep currents of yearning and loss will flow into your heart. Deceptively direct, wonderfully understated, and filled with beautiful imagery, there is real talent in Xanath Caraza's short stories collection. --Lucrecia Guerrero, author of Tree of Sighs, winner of the Premio Aztlán Literary Award
A synthesis of Caraza's short stories would need to address the complex experience that separates humanity from love and forces it, by various means, towards the boundaries of death. In spite of that experience and uprooting forces, such as modern mass migrations, colonial slavery, state terrorism, targeted or random violence, and even the challenge of the blank page and the clash between the writer and her characters, in Xánath Caraza's short stories, the dialectic between love and death manifests itself by means of a sublime beauty of language, form and structure, yielding an alchemy in which it's not happy endings that prevail, but rather the universal nostalgia of the individual in its most profound poetic and narrative sense. --Carlos Parada Ayala, author of La luz de la tormenta/The Light of the Storm
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Book Description Mouthfeel Press, 2013. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0984426884
Book Description Mouthfeel Pr, 2013. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. bilingual edition. 174 pages. 8.25x5.50x0.75 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # 0984426884