Popol Vuh: A Retelling

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Restless Books
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6.2 X 6.3 X 1.0 inches | 0.95 pounds

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About the Author
About the Author: Ilan Stavans is the publisher of Restless Books and the Lewis-Sebring Professor of Humanities and Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College. His books include On Borrowed Words, Spanglish, Dictionary Days, The Disappearance, and A Critic's Journey. He has edited The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature, the three-volume set Isaac Bashevis Singer: Collected Stories, The Poetry of Pablo Neruda, among dozens of other volumes. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, Chile's Presidential Medal, the International Latino Book Award, and the Jewish Book Award. Stavans's work, translated into twenty languages, has been adapted to the stage and screen. A cofounder of the Great Books Summer Program at Amherst, Stanford, Chicago, Oxford, and Dublin, he is the host of the NPR podcast "In Contrast." About the Illustrator: London based Salvadoran artist and illustrator Gabriela Larios received her Master of Arts from Camberwell College of Arts, UK in 2007 thanks to an Alban Scholarship. She creates whimsical and colourful collage illustrations that celebrate her deep love of children's books, textiles and folk art. Her creative world derives from her interest in storytelling and the natural world. There is a naive and playful spirit captured in her work and a strong connection between memories of her childhood in El Salvador and her body of work: tortoises, fish, plants, birds and all the colourful creatures and elements found in her art. Her work has been exhibited in London, Europe and abroad and has appeared in various international books and magazines.

"The enchanting illustrations stimulate the imagination, with the vibrant hues and rhythmic composition delightfully complementing these exciting tales of gods and heroes."

--Grace Rajendran "Shelf Awareness"
"Gripping and redolent from start to finish... Stavans's style is both colloquial and subtly elevated. The same is true of Larios's splendid illustrations, which would be worth the purchase price on their own.... Stavans and Larios have together done a service to... the English-speaking world by re-fashioning this rich and fascinating myth into an accessible and beautiful English-language volume to treasure."-- "Blogcritics"
"The Popol Vuh is widely considered the Maya Bible, transmitted through three millennia, and in this exquisitely illustrated volume, Latin American literature scholar Stavans reimagines what is also known as the Mayan K'iche' people's text of creation. A roster of characters--the deities, lords, idols, white men, and K'iche' people, as well as the animals, such as jaguar, vampire bat, centipede, and coyote in the book's frontispiece--are helpful markers through this mystical, mythical landscape."-- "The National Book Review"
"Salvadoran illustrator Larios provides lush images to accompany stories of the Earth and the underworld, Xibalba, and the animals and gods that inhabit them.... A beautiful interpretation of pivotal Central American history told through contemporary illustration and language."-- "Kirkus Reviews"