VIEW FROM THE MANGROVE, A

By: BENITEZ-ROJO, ANTONIO

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In this masterful collection of short stories, a celebrated Cuban writer continues his imaginative exploration of the genesis of the modern Caribbean world. Intent on recovering the interior history (la infra-historia) of this astonishingly diverse region, Antonio Benitez-Rojo ranges widely across time and geography. He also experiments with a variety of narrative techniques and prose styles, each intended to capture some unique aspect of the Caribbean's heterogeneous, polyrhythmic cultural heritage. Thus "The Broken Flute" centers on a tragic anthropological reflection; "Windward Passage" on the confessions of a guilty priest stationed in Hispaniola; "Summer Island" on events surrounding the colonization of St. Kitts; and "A View from the Mangrove" on the troubled days of a soldier during Cuba's War of Independence.

The result is historical fiction of the first order, a vivid tapestry of characters and contexts. Whether describing the world through the eyes of a seventeenth-century African slave or an English slave trader, a French buccaneer or a Spanish official, an Aztec god's avatar or a Haitian grand blanc, Benitez-Rojo displays a rare gift for resurrecting the past in all its chaotic and compelling immediacy.

Title: VIEW FROM THE MANGROVE, A

Author Name: BENITEZ-ROJO, ANTONIO

Categories: Literature, Fiction, Short Story Collections and Author Bios,

ISBN Number: 1558491368

ISBN Number 13: 9781558491366

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: GOOD / VERY GOOD

Seller ID: 222901

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