The Names of the Things That Were There: Stories (Paperback)

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The Names of the Things That Were There: Stories (Paperback)

By Antonio Skármeta, Curtis Bauer (Translated by)


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A collection of the best short stories by the author of the unforgettable novel The Postman.

Each of the stories in this book is an extraordinary piece of literature. Love, youth, desire, and freedom, coupled with versatile prose, sensitivity, and a subtle irony that sometimes morphs into dark humor, confirm Antonio Skármeta’s position as one of the greatest storytellers in contemporary literature.

Juan Villoro has selected and written a prologue for this collection, originally published in five books that influenced an entire generation of writers and brought about a renewal of Latin American prose.
Antonio Skármeta is a Chilean author who wrote the novel that inspired the 1994 Academy Award-winning movie, Il Postino: The Postman. His fiction has received dozens of awards and has been translated into nearly thirty languages. In 2011 his novel The Days of the Rainbow (Other Press, 2013) won the prestigious Premio Iberoamericano Planeta-Casa de América de Narrativa. His play El Plebiscito was the basis for the Oscar-nominated film No.

Curtis Bauer is a poet and translator of prose and poetry from Spanish. He is the recipient of a PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant and a Banff International Literary Translation Centre fellowship. His translation of Jeannette Clariond’s Image of Absence won the International Latino Book Award for Best Nonfiction Book Translation from Spanish to English. Bauer teaches creative writing and comparative literature at Texas Tech University.
Product Details ISBN: 9781635420760
ISBN-10: 1635420768
Publisher: Other Press
Publication Date: October 24th, 2023
Pages: 352
Language: English
“Stories as if written by an angel, but an angel full of earthiness and sex.” —Ariel Dorfman, author of The Suicide Museum

“Antonio Skármeta is a fierce, tender, graceful genius. His stories enrapture, seize the soul, and shake it awake. Full of surprises and perfectly placed revelations that feel like ‘an angel’s introduction,’ his stories unravel exquisitely. Skármeta is a master of narrative, and his work is essential to any reader.” —Jennifer Maritza McCauley, author of When Trying to Return Home

“A pulsating collection. With his sharp prose and vivid characterization, Skármeta captures an electricity and longing that captivates the reader from the very first page.” —Melissa Rivero, author of The Affairs of the Falcóns