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And We Sold the Rain: Contemporary Fiction from Central America

3.31 of 5 stars 3.31  ·  rating details  ·  26 ratings  ·  5 reviews
These twenty-plus short stories by leading Central American writers, by turns unsettling, absurd, tragic, exhilarating, and mystical, introduce us to the people behind the front-page horrors . . . A Torruban Indian loses a month's pay with a bad roll of the dice . . . The beautiful young Anita hunts beetles and cockroaches . . . To up its popularity rating, a government st ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published March 12th 1996 by Seven Stories Press (first published 1988)
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Meh. I was a Latin American Lit minor in school and have read a number of these authors before. With an exception of two stories, the selections were too short to get a good feel and felt poorly translated. That said, this is definitely a period piece. While one can get great writing that remembers the Central American war of the 80s and the Disappeared, this was writing from the front lines, so to speak.
Less than half the stories are worth reading. The young writers are now better known, have the weakest stories from this 1988 book; the better stories happen to be by the older ones.

Unfortunately, this is probably the only English-language anthology of contemporary Central American writers available in the US.
Good stuff:

Confinement -Horacio Castellanos Moya

The Maestro Who Spent His Whole Life Composing a Piece for the Marimba - Mario Payeras

The Perfect Game - Sergio Ramirez

And We Sold the Rain - Carmen Naranjo

Mr. Taylor - Augusto Monterroso
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Collection of contemporary short stories from Central America. Some good, some obnoxiously experimental, some boring.
Diane Ramirez
Solid collection of short pieces from Central America -- humor, horror, satire, romance, and lots of heartbreak.
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