And We Sold the Rain: Contemporary Fiction from Central America
Updated here with four new works, this collection features over twenty short stories by leading Central American writers. By turns unsettling, absurd, tragic, exhilarating, and mystical, these stories introduce us to the people behind the front-page horrors. A Torruban Indian loses a month's pay with a bad role of the dice; the beautiful young Anita hunts beetles and cockroaches; to up its popularity rating, a government stages the first "Miss Underdeveloped Contest"; after the 1954 massacres in Guatemala, children hold a funeral for a bird. Reflecting a wide range of styles, these stories point in new directions while evincing the particular strength and courage it takes to write in a war-torn country.
"Twenty tales about the intangibility of justice … Our spirits are buoyed by their magical air and absurdist sense of humor." —Los Angeles Times
"Skillfully chosen, expertly translated, these stories have performed a greater service than a busload of congressional fact-finders." —The Village Voice