Argentinos: Stories

  • Published by Ahadada Books, Toronto, 2010
  • Paperback 165 pages
  • “A dazed adulteress, an accordion missing keys, an encounter between strangers that may (or may not) have taken place, a fallen man rummaging through garbage, a young woman starting a new life in Spain, another one contemplating ending hers in Buenos Aires and a border dispute between beggars are a few of the subjects of Argentinos: stories.”

    Synopsis:

    Argentina’s economy collapsed in December 2001, becoming one of the worst national crises in history, a prelude perhaps of what would occur not many years later in the rest of the world. The crisis affected everyone, the rich, the poor, the young, the old, the tired, the hopeful, some more directly than others. How did its sufferers cope with it; how did they manage to reinvent their lives in spite of their dire circumstances?

    In the ten stories that make up Argentinos: stories, the characters speak for themselves through their intimacy, their relationships and their unique challenges and experiences. None of the protagonists are famous or extraordinary; they are just people: lovers, strangers and couples who aside from their particular conflicts and notions share a need to survive and prevail in the impulsive and erratic Argentina of the new millennium.

     

    Winner of the third Prize in UC Irvine’s Chicano/Latino Literary Award for its Spanish version Argentina: Se me hace cuento.
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