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Dust on Her Tongue

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Set in Guatemala, these spare and beautiful tales are linked by themes of magic, violence, and the fragility of existence. Paul Bowle’s translation perfectly captures Rey Rosa’s stories of the haunted lives of ordinary people in present-day Central America.
Paperback, 124 pages
Published January 1st 2001 by City Lights Publishers (first published May 1st 1989)
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Donald Armfield
Darkly, Disturbing at sometimes. Great read. but his other collection is way better.
About 1/2 the stories here are fantastic.The best ones are haunting and thought provoking. The rest feel like exercises, which is a problem I often have with short stories (which may, in fact, be my problem as a reader, not Rosa's problem as writer).
spare, restrained, yet dangerous, stories masterfully translated by paul bowles.
If you enjoy Roberto Bolano, I imagine you would also enjoy Rodrigo Rey Rosa, the apparent similarity being most of the stories feature thoughtful loners trying to interpret odd, slightly threatening occurrences or people. Rosa lacks Bolano's wonderful sense of humor, and his prose is even more spare, but his deep fascination with myth and obscure religious practices makes up for it.
This is a collection of a dozen very short and very forgettable stories set in Guatemala. Don't bother.
guatemalan writer. stark, excellent
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Rey Rosa has based many of his writings and stories on legends and myths that are indigenous to Latin American as well as North Africa.
Along with his longer writings, he has also written a number of short stories that have been printed in college-level text books.
Because of his works in literature and film, Rosa won Guatemala's National Prize in Literature named after Miguel Asturias who won the N
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