Se habla español by Edmundo Paz Soldán
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Se habla español smells like french fries, tastes like Coca-Cola and hamburgers, but it also has the flavor of nachos and salsa, and of mango-guava smoothies. This collection of short stories reflects the Latin American experience in the United States. These are works by 36 young writers who entered the literary world during the ’90s with a style described as serious, yet irreverent. Edited by Edmundo Paz Soldán and Alberto Fuguet, it explores the space occupied by the United States within the Latin American cultural imagery. It illustrates the contradictions presented by the dream of material progress and the nightmare of ruthless capitalism, and the fulfillment of all desires over the mirage of a never- attainable promise.

Blurb in Spanish: Se habla español tiene el aroma de french fries, el sabor a Coca-Cola y hamburguesas, pero también a nachos y salsa, a cortaditos y smoothies de mango-guayaba. Esta colección de cuentos muestra la experiencia latinoamericana en Estados Unidos. Son piezas escritas por 36 autores jóvenes que irrumpieron en el mundo literario de los años noventa, con una propuesta seria pero irreverente. El libro, compilado por Edmundo Paz Soldán y Alberto Fuguet, explora el lugar que ocupa Estados Unidos en el imaginario cultural latinoamericano. Asimismo, ilustra las contradicciones del sueño del progreso material y la pesadilla del capitalismo salvaje, y cuestiona la satisfacción de los deseos a la luz del espejismo de una promesa que no cesa de alejarse.


About Edmundo Paz Soldán

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Edmundo Paz Soldan is the author of six novels and two short story collections. He was awarded the 2002 Bolivian National Book Awardfor Turing's Delirium and a 2006 Guggenheim Fellowship. He has won the National Book Award in Bolivia, the prestigious Juan Rulfo Award, and was a finalist for the Romulo Gallegos Award. He is an associate professor at Cornell University. One of the few McOndo writers who live in the United States, he is frequently called upon as the movement's spokesperson by the American media.
Published January 1, 2000 by Santillana USA /Alfaguara Juvenil. 386 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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