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    Hernández, Felisberto

    A giant of Latin American letters and precursor to the magic realist writers is well served by this absorbing translation of some of his most acclaimed works. The two novellas and four short stories reveal an exacting sensibility that defies the categories to which Latin American writers are usually assigned. Once a pianist who accompanied silent films, the Uruguayan Hernandez (1902-1964) crafts luminous works that reflect the guileless drama and visual intensity of silent films. His characters, all pianists of one level or other, are constantly reliving a past recital or pondering their next performance. Music is the subtext for narratives that plumb aspects of memory and thought, without a definable plot. Hern ndez revels in images that are simple and repetitive: arms, light and shadow, the houses of the wealthy and their odd contents. The stories acquire a luxurious sheen from the ease with which they navigate memories, taking pleasure in recounting them with no intention other than tracking the mind’s twists and turns.

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    Alpha

    Echo

    India

    Mike

    Quebec

    Uniform

    Yankee

    Bravo

    Foxtrot

    Juliet

    November

    Romeo

    Victor

    Zulu

    Charlie

    Golf

    Kilo

    Oscar

    Sierra

    Whiskey

    Delta

    Hotel

    Lima

    Papa

    Tango

    X-Ray