By María Elena Llana,Amelia Pelaez,Mirta Yáñez,Barbara Riess
Solitary characters, bothered via genuine or fictitious fears… an international plagued with absurdities… unparalleled tales, instructed via a subjectively ironic point of view with either humor and an evenhanded cruelty.
Llana has continuously been dedicated to a mix of myth, darkish humor, what will be referred to as gothic comedy. Her tales humorously symbolize a imaginative and prescient of the area via a palpable irony major as much as a subversive guffaw that, as a result of her scathing wit, can also be learn as an anguished holler. This caliber is on the middle of Llana’s tales teeming with specters of each sort, dramatic or ridiculous, yet continually successfully suggestive of conditions underlying what we take for fact.
Her brief tales include a wealthy and punctiliously wonderful illustration of a specific social category in Cuba over the past 40 years: the bourgeoisie who struggled to keep up their social prestige and took part in simple terms by means of default within the building of the hot socialist society. pictures of relatives and twisted gender roles abound, inside a mysterious and uncanny family sphere that's unmistakably set in Havana.
Born within the Cienfuegos province in 1936 and moved to Havana in 1940, Llana used to be expert in Catholic hassle-free and excessive colleges and later studied journalism and artwork. In 1959, having graduated with a level in journalism she labored in numerous parts of the clicking, essentially Prensa Latina. She really expert in cultural reporting and on Asia, traveling Europe and Latin the United States and dealing in Vietnam and China.
Llana released her first number of brief tales in 1965. She endured writing in the course of the seventies, yet extra for herself, because the country didn't prefer the mystical or marvelous in the course of these years. Llana’s adventure writing radio programming set her as much as educate radio writing in Cuba and in Mexico. Later, she persisted her occupation as a journalist and brief fiction author. Llana’s paintings has been released extensively in Cuba and in translation and has been the topic of doctoral theses in Cuba, Spain, usa and México and articles in literary journals resembling the los angeles Gaceta de Cuba and the Latin American Literary Review.
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An Address in Havana/Domicilio habanero: Selected Short Stories by María Elena Llana,Amelia Pelaez,Mirta Yáñez,Barbara Riess