March 10, 1994
5.1 X 7.6 X 0.3 inches | 0.25 pounds
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About the Author
One of today's preeminent essayists, cultural critics, and translators, Ilan Stavans is Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College. His books include The Hispanic Condition; On Borrowed Words; Spanglish; Love and Language; and Gabriel García Márquez: The Early Years. He is the editor of The Oxford Book of Jewish Stories; The Poetry of Pablo Neruda; the three-volume set of Isaac Bashevis Singer: Collected Stories; Becoming Americans: Four Centuries of Immigrant Writing; The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature; and The FSG Book of Twentieth-Century Latin American Poetry.
Margaret Sayers Peden is a distinguished critic and translator of Latin American literature.
Susan Sontag was the author of four novels, including The Benefactor, Death Kit, The Volcano Lover, and In America, which won the 2000 National Book Award for fiction; a collection of stories, I, etcetera; several plays, including Alice in Bed; and nine works of essays, among then On Photography, which won the National Books Critics Circle Award for criticism. In 2001, Sontag was awarded the Jerusalem Prize for the body of her work. She died in New York City in 2004.
"A strange, brooding novel. . . . Great immediacy, power, and beauty." --The Washington Post "A powerful fascination . . . vivid and haunting; the style is a triumph." --New York Herald Tribune "When Susan Sontag, in her foreword to this book, calls Pedro Páramo 'one of the masterpieces of 20th-century world literature, ' she is not being hyperbolic. With its dense interweaving of time, its routine interaction of the living and the dead, its surreal sense of the everyday, and with simultaneous--and harmonious--coexistence of apparently incompatible realities, this brief novel by the Mexican writer Juan Rulfo strides through unexplored territory with a sure and determined step. . . . Having it now in all its depth and texture is a major event for which the publisher and the translator, Margaret Sayers Peden, deserve thanks." --James Polk, New York Times Book Review "No reader interested in the vitality of 20th century Latin American fiction can afford to miss this work." --Rockwell Gray, Chicago Tribune "As close to perfect as a piece of writing gets." --Sheila Farr, Seattle Weekly "A modern classic. . . . Peden's lucid translation does justice to a tale that is firmly rooted in its own culture yet so fundamentally human in its focus that it speaks across cultural borders." --Publishers Weekly