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Loteria: And Other Stories

Mendoza, Ruben

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ISBN 10: 0312181299 / ISBN 13: 9780312181291
Verlag: Buzz Books, 1998
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Titel: Loteria: And Other Stories

Verlag: Buzz Books

Erscheinungsdatum: 1998

Einband: Paperback


Auflage: 1st Edition

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Not simply a collection of disparate stories, Rubn Mendoza's Lotera breaks new ground exploring literary territory somewhere between the novel and story forms. The book has been described as a mosaic of inter-related pieces which, while certainly able to stand alone quite well, make their greatest impact when taken as a whole in the over-arching structure of the book. Character relationships and histories weave in and out of different pieces, making up a larger narrative built on the cobbled bits and pieces of lives, while the same insistent emotional undercurrent runs throughout, creating a different kind of narrativeone less dependent on traditional plot linearity and more intent on developing an emotionally and thematically integrated whole. The author's world (and the world of Lotera) is one in which straight linear narrative no longer makes sense, and where the need for emotional connections is therefore perhaps more important than ever before.

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from Jorge Luis Borges to Junot Diaz, Latin America has undoubtedly produced some of the greatest writers of our time. Reminiscent of the 1960s and 70s Latin American "Boom," we are currently in the midst of a major renaissance of Latin American culture here in the United States. From college curriculums to music, from film and visual art to literature, Latin American culture is asserting itself with unabashed fervor and intensity throughout the Americas, forming new and reasserting old vital connections across the borders. Enter Ruben Mendoza, who at age 26 uniquely captures the Mexican-American experience with one foot on either side of the border in his dazzling literary debut, _Lotera and Other Stories_. With poise, beauty, and sophistication, Mendoza plots a course for a mesmerizing journey of intertwining stories, using the vibrant images and words of Mexico's popular Lotera game as signposts. Each story begins with one of the Lotera picture cards and the short poem that the gritador, or caller, shouts out to identify the card. Gracefully drifting in and out, the cards and poems become part of the characters and of their inter-related stories. Illustrating wisdom well beyond his years, Mendoza has managed nothing short of creating a new literary medium, one which balances delicately, but confidently, on the pivot point of Latin American and U.S. literary traditions. A gallery of spectacular pieces, Lotera bravely attempts (with great success) to encompass the whole American experience as a singular, unified culture which transcends political borders and socio-cultural divisions. Rubn Mendoza marks the voice not only of a new generation of writers, but of a new generation of writing as well.

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