Contemporary Fiction by Cuban Women

Book - 1998
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Until recently, the combination of a Cuban old boys' network and an ideological emphasis on "tough" writing worked to keep fiction written by Cuban women largely unknown and unread. Cubana, the U.S. edition of a groundbreaking 1996 anthology of Cuban women's fiction, introduces these once-ignored writers to a new audience. Havana editor and author Mirta Yanez unites sixteen stories into an impressive collection that reveals the exciting strength and variety of fiction by contemporary Cuban women -- and offers a glimpse inside Cuba at this time of extreme economic difficulty and artistic renaissance.

Many of these stories focus pointedly on economic and social conditions. Others -- Magaly Sanchez's erotic fantasy "Catalina in the Afternoons" and Mylene Fernandez Pintado's psychologically deft "Anhedonia: A Story in Two Women" -- reveal a nascent Cuban feminism. The Cuban-American writer Achy Obejas recreates the strange dual identity of the immigrant, while experimental stories like the playful and savvy "The Urn and the Name (A Light-hearted Tale)", written by Ena Lucia Portela, reveal the vitality of the formalist tradition in Cuba. And Rosa Ileana Boudet's "Potosi I I: Address Unknown" is a romantic paean to a time of youth, passion, and revolution -- and perhaps a combination love letter and hate mail to the famous Cuban writer-in-exile Guillermo Cabrera Infante.

Publisher: Boston : Beacon Press, c1998
ISBN: 9780807083369
Characteristics: xxi, 213 p. ; 23 cm


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