Woven on the Loom of Time

Woven on the Loom of Time : Stories by Enrique Anderson-Imbert

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Argentinian scholar and writer Enrique Anderson-Imbert is familiar to many North American students for his La Literatura de America Latina I and II, which are widely used in college Spanish courses. But Anderson-Imbert is also a noted creative writer, whose use of "magical realism" helped pave the way for such writers as Borges, Cortazar, Sabato, and Ocampo. In this anthology, Carleton Vail and Pamela Edwards-Mondragon have chosen stories from the period 1965 to 1985 to introduce English-speaking readers to the creative work of Enrique Anderson-Imbert.

Representative stories from the collections The Cheshire Cat, The Swindler Retires, Madness Plays at Chess, Klein's Bottle, Two Women and One Julian, and The Size of the Witches illustrate Anderson-Imbert's unique style and world view. Many are "short short" stories, which Anderson-Imbert calls casos (instances). The range of subjects and points of view varies widely, challenging such "realities" as time and space, right and wrong, science and religion.

In a prologue, Anderson-Imbert tells an imaginary reader, "Each one of my stories is a closed entity, brief because it has caught a single spasm of life in a single leap of fantasy. Only a reading of all my stories will reveal my world-view." The reader asks, "And are you sure that it is worth the trouble?" Anderson-Imbert replies, "No." The unexpected, ironic ending is one of the great pleasures of reading Enrique Anderson-Imbert.
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  • Paperback | 200 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 13mm | 318g
  • Austin, TX, United States
  • English
  • 0292790600
  • 9780292790605
  • 81,808

Table of contents

Introduction by Ester de Izaguirre
Selections from The Cheshire Cat (1965)

Twelve Notes
The Pomegranate
The Sun
Theologies and Demonologies
The Prisoner
The Knife
The Future
Orpheus and Eurydice
The Moon
The Rival
Danse Macabre
Patterns of the Possible
The Doorman
For Eternity
The Frightened Priest
A Puzzle of Possibilities
The Evil Eye
The Big Head

Selections from The Swindler Retires (1969)

Frankly, No
The Stone
The Confession
My Shadow
The Pruning
The Writer and His Inkwell
I'll Teach Her a Lesson
The Complaint
The Girlfriend
The Kingdom Bewitched

Selections from Madness Plays at Chess (1971)

North Wind
Anonymous Manuscript concerning a Sad Waltz
Ovid Told It Differently
Madness Plays at Chess

Selections from Klein's Bottle (1971)

Esteco: Submerged City
Eyes (Mine, Peering Up from the Cellar)
The Gold Doubloon
The Eyes of the Dragon
William Faulkner Saw a Ghost, and Then...
Nale Roxlo and the Suicide of Judas
A Famous Conversion in the XIVth Century
Anchored in Brazil
A Heart Outlined

Selections from Two Women and One Julian (1982)

The Fallen Hippogriff
Two Women and One Julian
One X and Two Unknowns
Forever Sweetheart
The Alleluia of the Dying
Juancito Chingolo
The Last Glances
The Palm Tree

Selections from The Size of the Witches (1985)

The Size of the Witches
The Tomb
Baby Bear
The Wisteria
The Innocent Child
Would to God
A Bow Tie and a Mirror
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About Enrique Anderson-Imbert

Enrique Anderson-Imbert (1910-2000) was an Argentine author of fiction and literary criticism. Carleton Vail is an independent scholar and translator. Pamela Edwards-Mondragon is head of the English and Spanish departments at Converse International School of Languages in San Diego, California.
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