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Missing Persons, Animals, and Artists (Paperback)
  • Missing Persons, Animals, and Artists (Paperback)

Missing Persons, Animals, and Artists (Paperback)

Paperback 180 Pages / Published: 02/02/2018
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Elegant prose and imaginative ironies bring these compelling short stories to life in this first English-language collection from Mexican author Roberto Ransom. Each of the ten stories is filled with fascinating, yet enigmatic and sometimes elusive characters: an alligator in a bathtub, an invisible toad who appears only to a young boy, the beautiful redheaded daughter of a mushroom collector, a deceased journalist who communicates in code, and even Leonardo Da Vinci himself, meditating on The Last Supper. One of Mexico's most original writers, Ransom explores these characters' emotional depths as they move through their fantastical worlds that, while at times unfamiliar, offer brave and profound insights into our own. Missing Persons, Animals, and Artists is the follow-up to Ransom's highly acclaimed A Tale of Two Lions, praised by Ignacio Padilla as "the best Mexican literary work I have read in recent years...[It] heralds a pen capable of that rarest of privileges in our letters: attaining the comic and profoundly human through a perfect simplicity." This collection of short stories has been translated with great care by Daniel Shapiro.

Publisher: Swan Isle Press
ISBN: 9780997228717
Number of pages: 180
Weight: 320 g
Dimensions: 227 x 157 x 15 mm

"Roberto Ransom's collection of short stories, Missing Persons, Animals, and Artists, is a trip to fear, to the uncanny, to the limit where we give up our defenses and just relate."--Alvaro Enrigue, award winning novelist and short story writer
"In one of the stories in this surreal collection, an artist is unable to paint some figures in his composition because he's waiting for the right color to inspire him. The painting's patron doesn't understand the delay: Shouldn't it be easy to paint some figures? Thus Roberto Ransom suggests with clarity and elegance that form is the subject of art. Daniel Shapiro's translation perfectly captures all the nuances of these strange and seductive stories."
--Edmundo Paz Soldan, professor of Spanish literature at Cornell University


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