Sun, Stone and Shadows: 20 Great Mexican Short Stories
"Perhaps literature is the best lens through which to observe Mexico’s soul..."
Twenty enriching and insightful Mexican short stories comprise Evansville’s Big Read selection, Sun Stone, and Shadows. Excerpts from some of the stories are listed below. In the introduction to the book, Jorge F. Hernandez writes, “Perhaps literature is the best lens through which to observe Mexico’s soul. And of all genres, perhaps the short story is the vehicle best suited for rendering snapshot scenes, actual places, words that have been shared by generations or forgotten by time, and above, all, flesh-and-blood portraits of Mexicans that are perfectly credible—even when they’re no more than inventions of ink on paper—whose biographies are eternal, precisely because they’ve been read.”
From "The Carnival of the Bullets" by Martin Luis Guzman:
As soon as they appeared within his range of vision, Fierro greeted them with a strange phrase, at once cruel and affectionate, half ironical and half encouraging.
“Come on, boys; I’m only going to shoot, and I’m a bad shot.”
From "Chac-Mool" by Carlos Fuentes:
“It was only recently that Filiberto drowned in Acapulco.”
From "The Mist" by Juan de la Cabada:
“This drizzle won’t make even four fingers down into the earth, right, chief?”
“Mmph!” I answered, holding my breath.
After a brief silence, he insisted:
“Not two fingers, not two fingers, wouldn’t you say, chief?”
From "The Dinner" by Alfonso Reyes:
Eventually I convinced myself that these ladies hadn’t wanted anything more than to invite me to dinner, and by the second glass of Chablis I felt immersed in the perfect self-centeredness of a body filled with spiritual generosity. I talked, I laughed, I extolled with all my ingenuity, trying inside to fool myself about the strangeness of my situation.
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