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Cloudburst is a milestone in Canadian literature. For over a half-century, beginning with the Spanish Civil War and continuing through the coups d’état and military repression in South and Central America in the 1970s and 80s, Spanish-speaking writers have been arriving in Canada as exiles and immigrants and have been creating new works in their native language. Cloudburst is the first anthology of short stories by Hispanic Canadian writers from across Latin America and Spain to appear in English. Edited by Luis Molina Lora and Julio Torres-Recinos and first published in Spanish as Retrato de una nube in 2008, Cloudburst is a prodigious collective work, containing forty-two stories by twenty-two authors from nine different countries—Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, and Spain—and rendered into English by seven translators.

The stories in Cloudburst reflect the enormous variety of Hispanic writing in Canada today. Each of the authors’ native countries has its own artistic and literary tradition, yet all are bound together by the Spanish linguistic and cultural sphere. Moreover, the women and men in the anthology have settled in cities and towns across Canada, some of them entering into contact with the English-speaking literary world, others with the French. A number of them began writing before they left their homelands, while many of the younger contributors started their careers in Canada. Some of them prefer a traditional literary style, others a more surrealist, experimental, or colloquial approach. All of them are passionate about their writing, and all have gone through the common experience of leaving or being uprooted from the land of their birth and settling in Canada, where they face the challenges and difficulties involved in reestablishing their lives in a largely unknown environment. In Cloudburst, through the prism of translation, they share their latest fiction with English-speaking readers.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. C-C
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-viii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-4
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  1. The Past and Present of Hispanic Canadian Literature: An Overview
  2. pp. 5-14
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  1. Look into Cloudburst: The Central Themes
  2. pp. 15-20
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  1. Martha Bátiz Zuk
  2. pp. 21-22
  1. The First Cup of Coffee
  2. pp. 23-31
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  1. Sweet Valeria
  2. pp. 32-34
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  1. Nohora Viviana Cardona
  2. pp. 35-36
  1. The Faker
  2. pp. 37-39
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  1. Alfred’s Admirer
  2. pp. 40-40
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  1. Diego Creimer
  2. pp. 41-42
  1. The Meeting
  2. pp. 43-58
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  1. Ramón De Elía
  2. pp. 59-60
  1. Twelve Nights
  2. pp. 61-70
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  1. Gabriela Etcheverry
  2. pp. 71-72
  1. The Photographer
  2. pp. 73-76
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  1. Nightmare
  2. pp. 77-78
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  1. Jorge Etcheverry
  2. pp. 79-81
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  1. When We Crossed Over to the Parallel City
  2. pp. 82-84
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  1. Metamorphosis II
  2. pp. 85-88
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  1. Disciplation
  2. pp. 89-90
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  1. Enrique Fernández
  2. pp. 91-92
  1. The Doll
  2. pp. 93-99
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  1. The Tortoise’s Hole
  2. pp. 100-104
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  1. Gilberto Flores Patiño
  2. pp. 105-106
  1. The Knitters of Time
  2. pp. 107-115
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  1. The Legend of the Snow
  2. pp. 116-116
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  1. Anita Junge-Hammersley
  2. pp. 117-118
  1. Closing the Loop
  2. pp. 119-123
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  1. Cultural Carnival
  2. pp. 124-124
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  1. Luis Molina Lora
  2. pp. 125-126
  1. Gauguin’s Imaginary Women
  2. pp. 127-130
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  1. The Canadian Toy
  2. pp. 131-140
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  1. Ángel Mota
  2. pp. 141-142
  1. The Birds of Djerba
  2. pp. 143-148
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  1. The Woman with Three Husbands
  2. pp. 149-154
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  1. Felipe Quetzalcóatl Quintanilla
  2. pp. 155-156
  1. Rainy Night
  2. pp. 157-162
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  1. From the Thirteenth Floor of a Third-World Building
  2. pp. 163-164
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  1. Camila Reimers
  2. pp. 165-166
  1. The Metamorphosis of the Panther
  2. pp. 167-170
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  1. Nela Rio
  2. pp. 171-172
  1. Carlota, Always
  2. pp. 173-177
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  1. Leopolda, Don’t Forget Me
  2. pp. 178-184
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  1. The Paralyzed Hour
  2. pp. 185-186
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  1. Carmen Rodríguez
  2. pp. 187-188
  1. In the Company of Words
  2. pp. 189-191
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  1. Breaking the Ice
  2. pp. 192-200
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  1. David Rozotto
  2. pp. 201-202
  1. Parting
  2. pp. 203-210
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  1. Counterfeit Hero
  2. pp. 211-216
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  1. Pablo Salinas
  2. pp. 217-218
  1. A Brief Account of the New World
  2. pp. 219-224
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  1. A Trip to Lima
  2. pp. 225-232
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  1. Alejandro Saravia
  2. pp. 233-234
  1. The Bears of Port Churchill
  2. pp. 235-238
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  1. Songs from Oruro
  2. pp. 239-246
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  1. Borka Sattler
  2. pp. 247-248
  1. Anita Brown
  2. pp. 249-258
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  1. Ramón M. Sepúlveda
  2. pp. 259-260
  1. The Tigress at the Conference
  2. pp. 261-265
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  1. The Language Teacher
  2. pp. 266-270
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  1. Óscar Armando Tobar
  2. pp. 271-272
  1. Wheelchair Love
  2. pp. 273-276
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  1. Black Serpent
  2. pp. 277-282
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  1. Julio Torres-Recinos
  2. pp. 283-284
  1. With Aurora After
  2. pp. 285-290
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  1. Tristán
  2. pp. 291-296
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  1. Postface: Translating Spanish Polyphony
  2. pp. 297-304
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 305-308
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780776621203
Related ISBN
9780776608099
MARC Record
OCLC
862010154
Pages
317
Launched on MUSE
2014-03-25
Language
English
Open Access
No
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