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Chigozie Obioma Little, Brown and Company, 2015 304 pp; ISBN-13: 978-0316338370 ONE OF THE MOST REMARKABLE LITERARY DEVELOPMENTS of the past decade has been the more or less simultaneous eruption onto the world stage, after a long fallow period, of nearly a dozen popular new novelists from Africa. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, NoViolet Bulawayo, Teju Cole, […]
America’s only living Nobel Prize-winning novelist, Toni Morrison, offers her 11th novel, God Help The Child.
A Vintage Contemporaries Original, June 2011 www.vintagebooks.com Jesse Ball $15.00; 198 pp.; ISBN 978-0-307-73985-8 I’D JUST CONSUMED Murakami’s 1Q84 – originally a three-volume publication in its native Japanese – as though it were one. What was presumably a then-necessary penchant for recapping became, to me, in English translation, a sleepy, no-poetry miasma of redundancy. Was […]
IN RECENT YEARS, ANTHOLOGIES have become the bedrock of the literary industry. They are used as teaching tools and as historical touchstones. But as we peruse these comprehensive anthologies, one cannot help but become aware of the highly subjective forces standing behind the contributions of individual scholars, and editors that each bring to the table their own point of view, including the collective will of an editorial board and publisher. Thus, a comprehensive anthology of a specific genre of literature is always more than the sum of its literary works and, therefore, always more difficult to calculate than anyone might imagine.
SINCE THE 1960s the number of Latina writers has grown considerably, adding a new spice to the U.S. literary panorama and to feminine/feminist literature. Their work has been an important contribution to other previous works by third world women and other ethnic writers in the United States.
FOR THE LAST DECADES, a narrative of Latino identity in the U.S. went something like this: Migration from Latin nations created the conditions for enclaves of Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, Cubans, Dominicans, South Americans (Colombians and Ecuadorians) and Central Americans (Nicaraguans and Salvadorians), in different regions of the U.S. Their mere presence and increased numbers pressed the need for a supra-national Latin@ identity.
ELIZABETH C. RAMÍREZ and Catherine Casiano present a whirlwind of Latina playwrights in La Voz Latina. At times this collection may seem chaotic in selection but in the end all of this diversity blends into a wonderful hue accompanied by a sharp critique and representation of Latina theatre. The book covers an extensive span of topics and the editors have selected a group of prominent, passionate, and eclectic Latina playwrights from 1980 to present.
IN 1994, LUMINARY CHICANO WRITER Ray Gonzalez helped launch the Camino Del Sol series, a vehicle of Latino literary voices that is published by the University of Arizona Press. Since its founding, the Camino del Sol series has established itself in both the Latino community and the publishing world as it garnered awards for its outstanding writing.
I READ BORDERING FIRES: The Vintage Book of Contemporary Mexican and Chicano/a Literature from cover to cover on an Amtrak train-ride from Boston to New York. Bordering Fires, edited and with an introduction by Cristina García, is a compilation of some of the most interesting and influential works by Mexican, Mexican-American, and Chicano/a writers of both past and present. When one thinks of a literary anthology the words “easy reading” do not always spring to mind, however, the rare humor, diversity and magical nature of the writing in Bordering Fires made reading on — page after page — not an option but a delicious necessity.
IN PUERTO RICAN POETRY: An Anthology from Aboriginal to Contemporary Times, editor Roberto Márquez provides a wide-ranging and comprehensive collection of Puerto Rican poetry that dates back to the era of conquest and colonization to contemporary poets on both the mainland and the island.