Mutual Impressions: Writers from the Americas Reading One Another

Mutual Impressions: Writers from the Americas Reading One Another

By: Ilan Stavans (editor)Hardback

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It is commonly assumed that the United States and Latin America, culturally so different, move artistically to very different rhythms. Also common is the assumption that, with rare exception, the literary figures on one side of the global North/South divide have had little interest in the work of their counterparts. With Mutual Impressions Ilan Stavans dispels these notions by showing how solid the bridges between writers and across borders have been, at least since the early days of this century, and how crucial they are likely to become as we enter the next millennium. Divided into symmetrical halves-South reading North and North reading South-the book presents essays by leading novelists, poets, and other writers that focus on the work of another literary figure from across the divide. Borges, for example, finds in Hawthorne the perfect precursor to his own interest in allegories; Katherine Anne Porter examines Jose Joaquin Fernandez de Lizardi as a rascal whose picaresque views of life in The Itching Parrot served to launch the Latin American novel; Cortazar's study of the plots and style of Poe shows an affinity that left an indelible mark on the Argentine's short fiction; Susan Sontag views Machado de Assis as the ultimate mirror, a proto-postmodernist. With other essays by Thomas Pynchon, William H. Gass, John Updike, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Alejo Carpentier, John Barth, Robert Coover, Pedro Henriquez Urena, Grace Paley, Juan Carlos Onetti, and Mark Strand, among others, Mutual Impressions offers a remarkable view of the connections that comprise a literary tradition of the Americas. It is a book that will surprise and enliven its readers as it informs and awakens in them a sense of wonder.Contributors. John Barth, Jose Bianco, Robert Bly, Jorge Luis Borges, Alejo Carpentier, Hiber Conteris, Robert Coover, Julio Cortazar, Ezequiel Martinez Estrada, Waldo Frank, Carlos Fuentes, William H. Gass, Nicolas Guillen, William Kennedy, Mario Vargas Llosa, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Jose Marti, Pablo Neruda, Victoria Ocampo, Juan Carlos Onetti, Grace Paley, Octavio Paz, Katherine Anne Porter, Thomas Pynchon, Kenneth Rexroth, Antonio Benitez Rojo, Barbara Probst Solomon, Susan Sontag, Ilan Stavans, Mark Strand, John Updike, Pedro Henrique Urena, Derek Walcott, Paul West

About Author

Ilan Stavans, public intellectual, National Book Critics Circle Award nominee, recipient of the Latino Literature Prize and a Guggenheim Fellowship, is Professor of Spanish at Amherst College. Among his works are Growing Up Latino, The Hispanic Condition, The One-Handed Pianist and Other Stories, and A Cartoon History of Latinos in the United States. He is also the editor of The Oxford Book of Latin American Essays and The Oxford Book of Jewish Stories.


Introduction: Coincidence and Dissidence / Ilan Stavans 1 I. South Reading North 11 Prologue: Pedro Henriquez Urena 13 Jose Marti on Walt Whitman 31 Victoria Ocampo on John Steinbeck 44 Alejo Carpentier on Herman Melville 56 Carlos Fuentes on William Styron 59 Jorge Luis Borges on Nathaniel Hawthorne 66 Gabriel Garcia Marquez on William Faulkner 85 Hiber Conteris on Raymond Chandler 87 Ezequiel Martinez Estrada on Henry David Thoreau 107 Ilan Stavans on Julia Alvarez 113 Derek Walcott on V. S. Naipaul 119 Jose Bianco on Ambrose Bierce 129 Antonio Benitez Rojo on Lafcadio Hearn 135 Juan Carlos Onetti on Vladimir Nabokov 140 Mario Vargas Llosa on Ernest Hemingway 143 Nicolas Guillen on Langston Hughes 151 Octavio Paz on William Carlos Williams 155 Pablo Neruda on Robert Frost 165 Julio Cortazar on Edgar Allan Poe 168 II. North Reading South 177 Prologue / John Barth 179 John Updike on Augusto Roa Bastos 191 Grace Paley on Clarice Lispector 195 Katherine Anne Porter on Jose Joaquin Fernandez de Lizardi 198 William H. Gass on Jorge Luis Borges 228 Mark Strand on Nicanor Parra 239 Paul West on Alejo Carpentier 242 Waldo Frank on Ricardo Guiraldes 249 Barbara Probst Solomon on Teresa de la Parra 252 Robert Bly on Pablo Neruda 260 Kenneth Rexroth on Homero Aridjis 267 Robert Coover on Julio Cortazar 269 Susan Sontag on Machado de Assis 272 Thomas Pynchon on Gabriel Garcia Marquez 282 William Kennedy on Ernesto Sabato 289 Acknowledgments 299 Index 303

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780822324003
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 344
  • ID: 9780822324003
  • ISBN10: 0822324008

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