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Antipodes: Stories

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These lively and eclectic narratives, by the author of Shadow Without a Name, move from the scorching heat of the Gobi desert to the glacial heights of Mount Everest: here, among others, are the stories of a Scottish engineer who builds an exact replica of the city of Edinburgh in the dunes; of a dying, cross-dressing pilot who allegedly climbs Mount Everest and then myste ...more
Paperback, 132 pages
Published June 1st 2005 by Picador (first published 2001)
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George Berguño
Nov 20, 2011 George Berguño rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you have ever attended a writing workshop or bought a teach-yourself-to-write guide, you will have come across the time-honoured advice that you should show rather than tell. But what these workshops and writing manuals rarely reveal is that telling can be just as effective (if not more valuable) when your story has to cross vast stretches of time, or recount events on a grand scale.

Padilla’s “Antipodes” is a book that tells as much as it shows. Events race along at an astonishing speed with
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Justė
Jan 12, 2017 Justė rated it it was amazing
Amazing collection of short stories which the author calls chronicles. Some stories have flavour of magical realism but it's told in such un-fluffy way that it makes the whole book just brilliant. New author discovered, faith in short stories restored.
Eline
Oct 21, 2016 Eline rated it it was amazing
Wonderfully imaginative stories; traces of Calvino and British colonialism surprisingly from a Mexican author writing in Spanish?
jeremy
May 25, 2009 jeremy rated it really liked it
ignacio padilla, mexican novelist, short story writer, and diplomat, has won a number of literary awards, yet only two of his works have been translated into english (the other being the novel shadow without a name). antipodes, a slim collection of a dozen short stories, is an illusive work that, on the surface, seems considerably simpler than it actually is. the stories are wonderfully diverse and have been set around the world in different countries and in differing eras. padilla's prose is we ...more
Marman
Jun 28, 2008 Marman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: general-fiction
This book is mind blowing. I get the same sense in reading this as I do reading Edgar Alan Poe. But Ignacio Padilla is way more accessible. This work is a translation...I'm actually learning Spanish just so I could read the original text.
Anita
Dec 16, 2010 Anita rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although I enjoyed a couple of the short stories in this collection, on the whole, I found most of it a bit "smart" for me. Half the time I was wondering who and what I was reading about. Well written, but not easy to follow.
John
Apr 22, 2011 John rated it really liked it
The best:

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Jonah
Dec 10, 2008 Jonah rated it it was amazing
Can't let it go....keep going back to these short stories by this Mexican author that take you all over the world and then on.
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8,5/10
Matt Neely
Nov 28, 2014 Matt Neely rated it it was amazing
Great intro to the crack movement. Think Cortazar/Calvino with post-colonial irony.
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Member of the 'crack movement', redefining Latin American literature outside the confines of magical realism.
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