"This anthology supersedes all previously published partial collections.... This authoritative text will be an invaluable addition to any collection of Central American literature and indispensable to scholars. Recommended to academic audiences at all levels, lovers of good prose, and public libraries."
This volume collects some of the best short fiction from the six Spanish-speaking countries of Central AmericaGuatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama. Selected from stories written between 1963 and 1988, it is a broad representation of active Central American writers.
Many of the stories are quite sophisticated and utilize elements of the absurd or techniques of magical realism. Some stories deal with warthe unending struggle against dictators and military power that engrosses Central Americans. Others explore the realm of the writer's imagination. Some of the writers included are Augusto Monterroso (Guatemala), Carmen Naranjo and Samuel Rovinski (Costa Rica), Rosa María Britton and Jaime García Saucedo (Panama), and Alfonso Quijada Urías (El Salvador).