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Tales from the Cuban Empire

Tales from the Cuban Empire (Trade Paperback / Paperback, New title)

By Ponte, Antonio Jose
Translated by Franzen, Cola

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Ponte creates a picture of contemporary Cuba - its real and imagined place in the world - through stories told by a foreign-exchange physics student, urban planners who discover an underground metropolis, a traveller stranded in an airport, a suspicious stranger and a Chinese but... read full description below.

ISBN 9780872864078
Published 13 September 2002 by City Lights Books
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, New title

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ISBN-13 9780872864078
ISBN-10 0872864073
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced (OOS locally); ships 6-12 working days
Publisher City Lights Books
Imprint City Lights Books
Publication Date 13 September 2002
International Publication Date 1 September 2002
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, New title
Edition New title
Translated from Spanish
Author(s) By Ponte, Antonio Jose
Translated by Franzen, Cola
Category Modern Fiction
Short Stories
Number of Pages 112
Dimensions Width: 127mm
Height: 183mm
Spine: 8mm
Weight 114g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Ponte, Antonio Jose
NBS Text Short Stories & Fiction Anthologies
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 863.6
Catalogue Code Not specified

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In the manner of fabled storytellers, Ponte creates a vivid picture of contemporary Cuba-its real and imagined place in the world-through stories told by a foreign exchange physics student, urban planners who discover an underground metropolis in their own neighborhood, a traveler stranded in an airport restroom, a suspicious stranger listening to stories spun in a barbershop, and a Chinese butcher in love with a beautiful daughter of Ochn. This inventive brew of fantasy, popular religion, science and science fiction, travel adventure, and tall tales celebrates the Cuban spirit at home and abroad. Antonio Jos Ponte (born 1964 in Matanzas, Cuba) lives in Havana. He is the author of poetry, essays, novels, and stories.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

US Review A comic expressionist view of contemporary Cuba slowly, slyly emerges from this unusual group of seven linked stories from the Havana poet and author of, most recently, the collection In the Cold of the Malec-n (2000). Popular cliches about Latin American romantic madness, machismo, poverty, and the spirit of carnival are turned on their heads in such elusive, defiantly baroque tales as a former exchange student's memories of his misadventures in the culture of atomic physics ( Tears in the Congr' ); a noirish melodrama about overcrowded living conditions in a slum where buildings keep collapsing ( A Knack for Making Ruins ); and the revelation of the murderous extremities to which love drives a Chinese butcher ( At the Request of Ochun ). A concluding Borgesian twist discloses who is listening to these glorious absurdities-and why, unifying in a peculiarly potent way this terrific little volume's virtuosic mingling of melodramatic intrigue, sociopolitical commentary, surrealism, and parody. (Kirkus Reviews)

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