Julio Ramón Ribeyro has been widely acclaimed Peru's master storyteller. Until now, however, few of his stories have been translated into English. This volume brings together fifteen stories written during the period 1952-1975, which were collected in the three volumes of La palabra del mudo. Ribeyro's stories treat the social problems brought about by urban expansion, including poverty, racial and sexual discrimination, class struggles, alienation, and violence. At the same time, elements of the fantastic playfully interrupt some of the stories. As Ribeyro's characters become swept up in circumstances beyond their understanding, we see that the only freedom or dignity left them comes from their own imaginations. The fifteen stories included here are "Terra Incognita," "Barbara," "The Featherless Buzzards," "Of Modest Color," "The Substitute Teacher," "The Insignia," "The Banquet," "Alienation (An Instructive Story with a Footnote)," "The Little Laid Cow," "The Jacaranda Trees," "Bottles and Men," "Nothing to Do, Monsieur Baruch," "The Captives," "The Spanish," and "Painted Papers."
After his mother's death, Lucho, a teenager, is sent from Lima to stay with his relatives at the San Gabriel hacienda. There he witnisses the provincial customs of an agrarian community and develops a torturous relationship with his manipulative young cousin.
"Recopilación de ensayos críticos sobre uno de los escritores más leídos de la segunda mitad del siglo XX en el Perú. Además de textos donde el autor reflexiona sobre su propio quehacer literario, se incluyen lecturas críticas sobre todos los géneros que cultivó Ribeyro"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 58.
Julio Ramon Ribeyro (1929-1994) es uno de los narradores peruanos mas notables del siglo XX; su obra cuentistica es de las mas fecundas y significativas. Su obra se considera la expresion mas destacada del realismo urbano que surgio en Peru durante los anos cincuenta, aunque tambien cultivo el cuento fantastico y los temas rurales. El critico y escritor Peter Elmore recorre con detenimiento las diversas formas narrativas, dramaticas o criticas de Ribeyro, uno de los maestros del cuento hispanoamericano.