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Celeste Goes Dancing and Other Stories - DI GIOVANNI, Norman Thomas (Edited by)

Constable London, 1989, Hardback in Dustwrapper..
Condition: Fine book with fine dust jacket

This collection presents fourteen writers, most here translated from Argentinean to English for the first time. All the stories were written or published within the last decade, but there are some that take place back in the 'twenties (Silvina Ocampo's semi autobiographical tale of the artist meeting her younger self) and 'thirties (Estela dos Santos and Alberto Vanasco's bitter-sweet tango-like evocations); there is also one set abroad (Adolfo Bioy-Casares' Argentine tourist trapped in an almost mathematical puzzle in East Berlin) and another set in a metaphysical dimension (Angel Bonomini's meditation on death); there are realistic stories of tragic irony (Abelardo Castillo's tale of the Indian and the officer lost at the bottom of a crevasse and Fernando Sanchez-Sorondo's about the decline of the old order; there is humour (Marcos Aguini's gullible author judging a story contest and Jorge Asis's pedlar of religious pictures); there is poignant understatement and nostalgia for the palmy days (Isidoro Blaisten's account of two minor Jewish railway officials); there is bathos with a touch of social comment (Eduardo Gudion-Kieffer's monologue of the sentimental factory hand and many others.

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