9781609804183

Mundo Cruel

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  • ISBN13:

    9781609804183

  • ISBN10:

    160980418X

  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 2013-03-12
  • Publisher: Seven Stories Press
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Summary

Nine short stories open a door onto working class Santurce, Puerto Rico, where shoddy medical offices, Catholic churches, Mormon temples, and Santeria storefronts line the sunbaked streets. Here, a bumbling prostitute-turned-fugitive bewilderingly avoids capture. Back-biting mothers hand down judgment on their neighbors and the world from their front lawns. A desperate dog-owner will do anything to have his precious animal sent to a taxidermist. A young Chosen One with a curious gift helps his fellow parishioners find God. Mundo Cruel, Luis Negron's debut book, elegantly presents to its readers a world both tragic and outrageous. Masterfully satirical with a discrete solemnity at its core, Mundo Cruel's most remarkable element is its language. Several of its stories feature unnamed protagonists brought to life by their speech--colloquial, self-incriminating, and idiosyncratic--revealing Negron's talent for conjuring the spoken word in all its subtlety.

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