Stories that capture the absurdity of life. Valenzuela's view of life captures our imagination because we know how far it is from reality - cops in Buenos Aires are not afraid of dogs, latin lovers in cafes do make moves in the game of courtship, hotels in Venice overlook canals.
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With each new collection of short stories, Valenzuela, one of the best practitioners in Latin America, proves herself to be a breathtaking adapter of the form's peculiar qualities to suit her own ways of expression. For instance, she accomplishes striking results with interior monologues, as demonstrated in "Tango," a swift testimony to the tango's ability to make a woman "also love the man dancing with [her], transmitting the music to [her] through his fingertips." Also in that category is "The Quiet Cafe," in which a woman muses on the obvious physical separation she's observed between the male and female cafepatrons. Operating in another vein in the story "4 Princes 4," Valenzuela borrows images from folklore to experiment with narrative structure. In "The Charm against Storms," she shows that even when working within more conventional methods of story development, she can successfully break rules. For those readers who appreciate the perfection that short story writers can achieve. Brad Hooper
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Book Description Serpent's Tail, 1998. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P111852425431
Book Description Serpent's Tail. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 1852425431 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW6.0842149