Fiction. Latino/Latina Studies. Translated from the Spanish by Harry Morales. In this exquisite new short story collection, celebrated Latin American writer Mario Benedetti affords us a beguiling glimpse of a world in flux. Addressing subjects ranging from love and middle-class frustration in the city to the pain of exile, the stories in THE REST IS JUNGLE transport the reader from the cafes of Montevideo to the fault lines that divide nations and people. Whether poking fun at the pretentions of the contemporary literary scene, or offering a moving portrait of multigenerational family life, Benedetti discerns the irony, humor and heartbreak in every situation. From the hilarious depiction of an office worker battling with bureaucracy, to a domestic tragedy recounted from the perspective of an eavesdropping family pet, the stories in this playful and provocative collection throw light on that curious realm where our public and private lives intersect. THE REST IS JUNGLE is a remarkable showcase for the work of a writer who sought to speak of love, power and commitment as directly and passionately as possible.
Author City: Montevideo URU
Mario Benedetti (1920-2009) is regarded as one of Latin America's most important twentieth-century writers and one of Uruguay's most revered writers of novels, short stories, poetry, plays, and essays.
Reviews and Other Links
David Krinick in Three Percent
Paul Doyle @ The Quarterly Conversation