In this masterful collection of short stories, a celebrated Cuban writer continues his imaginative exploration of the genesis of the modern Caribbean world. Intent on recovering the interior history (la infra-historia) of this astonishingly diverse region, Antonio Benitez-Rojo ranges widely across time and geography. He also experiments with a variety of narrative techniques and prose styles, each intended to capture some unique aspect of the Caribbean's heterogeneous, polyrhythmic cultural heritage. Thus "The Broken Flute" centers on a tragic anthropological reflection; "Windward Passage" on the confessions of a guilty priest stationed in Hispaniola; "Summer Island" on events surrounding the colonization of St. Kitts; and "A View from the Mangrove" on the troubled days of a soldier during Cuba's War of Independence. The result is historical fiction of the first order, a vivid tapestry of characters and contexts. Whether describing the world through the eyes of a seventeenth-century African slave or an English slave trader, a French buccaneer or a Spanish official, an Aztec god's avatar or a Haitian grand blanc, Benitez-Rojo displays a rare gift for resurrecting the past in all its chaotic and compelling immediacy."
Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 299 g
Dimensions: 202 x 131 x 19 mm
Benitez-Rojo has an extraordinary talent for sensing the drama of those turning points that have shaped, even determined, Caribbean history. He is a master story-teller, and deserves a place among the best of contemporary Latin American writers.--Adriana Mendez Rodenas, author of Gender and Nationalism Colonial Cuba: The Travels of Santa Cruz y Montalvo, Condesa de Merlin"
The Repeating Island established Benitez-Rojo as the Caribbean's most formidable critic practicing on this continent. Sea of Lentils alongside this new collection shows he is in the first rank of fiction writers.--Fred D'Aguiar, author of Dear Future"
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