Vermeer's MilkmaidStories by Manuel Rivas

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Manuel Rivas is "an author who knows how to introduce poetry not just into his sentences but into his way of looking at the world" (Le Monde). Now, Rivas turns his poetic eye upon his native region with this collection of stories.

A traveling lingerie salesman is helped miraculously by a rock musician as he waits for his son who has run away; a love-addled bank robber botches a job; a sleepy village is abruptly transformed by the onset of the Spanish Civil War. The everyday lives of the memorable Galician characters may be desperately harsh and filled with pain and solitude, but their situations are always redeemed by humor and tenderness in this collection of sixteen short stories by prizewinning Spanish writer Manuel Rivas. Rivas draws on folktales, fantasy, and, most deeply, human psychology to create haunting tiny dramas. Deft and precise, these stories linger long after being read.


About Manuel Rivas

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Manuel Rivas was born in A Coruna, Spain in 1957. He writes in the Galician language of northwest Spain and is well-known in his native country for his journalism and for teh films made of his prize-winning novles and short stories.
Published July 31, 2008 by Overlook Hardcover. 128 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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His ability to transform political realities into works of poetry that enrapture the imagination makes him a valuable lens through which to understand our politically torn world.

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