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By Antonio Benitez-Rojo, James Maraniss

ISBN-10: 0585083134

ISBN-13: 9780585083131

ISBN-10: 1558491368

ISBN-13: 9781558491366

During this masterful choice of brief tales, a celebrated Cuban author maintains his ingenious exploration of the genesis of the fashionable Caribbean international.

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Don Miguel sighs, assents, and with a slightly ostentatious gesture of good will, opens his arms to Hawkins. " Stopping on the blackened planks of the wharf, Hawkins lifts his head haughtily and concentrates his look upon the scornful eyes of Don Miguel, whose tawny spots remind him, for a moment, of the bronze globes that hang in his cabin on the Jesus of Lubeck. "Quiero el negro," Don Miguel says somberly. " Fitzwilliam turns pale, and with a trembling voice translates Don Miguel's demand: "He wants the Negro.

Most of these eleven stories have not been published in either English or Spanish. : Ediciones del Norte, 1990), © Antonio Benítez-Rojo; "Incident in the Cordillera,'' published in Review: Latin American Literature and Arts (1996); parts of ''Marina 1936" first appeared in Conjunctions (1996). With the exception of the translation of "Heaven and Earth," which was done by Marta Siberio, all of the translations were done by James Maraniss, my friend and colleague at Amherst College. As will be seen, the scenes, characters, conflicts, effects, and narrative styles that I use here change radically from one story to another.

This particular highway, turned white by the two-way traffic of mules and donkeys on the pumice, runs west to east through old Guatemala. It seems to exhale a vapor in the midday sun, because a sudden gust of wind squeezes it between the granite bluffs that flank the road, picks up the dust, and swirls in toward a distant forest, which from this narrow prospect looks like a minimal green eyebrow. The muletrain, driven by slaves and guarded by Spanish soldiers, creeps through this parched slot. Above the wind the animals' bells are audible, but the sound, like the dust, rushes forward: to the file of Indian bearers, tamemes, and the Spanish rearguard about to enter the pass, the tinkling of copper must be inaudible.

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