New Islands and Other Stories (Magill's Literary Annual 1983)
Since the celebrated “boom” of the 1960’s, English-speaking readers have become increasingly aware of Latin American fiction, previously terra incognita, and writers such as Julio Cortázar, Carlos Fuentes, Gabriel García Márquez, and Jose Donoso now enjoy international recognition. María Luisa Bombal—like Jorge Luis Borges, the patriarch of Latin American fiction, who has provided a prefatory note to this volume—was an important predecessor to the writers of the “boom,” and her stories are among the most widely anthologized in Latin American literature.
Bombal’s first work of fiction, The Final Mist (1934), a novella, brought her immediate recognition. Both this novella, published in the Spanish collection La última niebla (1935; The House of Mist, 1947), and the novel, La Amortajada (1938; The Shrouded Woman, 1948) are considered masterpieces of Hispanic fiction; both of these translations, however, have long been out of print. Other stories, written mostly between 1937 and 1940 but not translated into English, advanced her reputation in the Hispanic world as a virtuoso stylist whose fiction was innovative yet carefully controlled; richly ornamented, yet free from affectation; evocative, but never sentimental.
New Islands and Other Stories includes the novella The Final Mist and four stories: “The Tree,” “Braids,” “The Unknown,” and “New...
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