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A Corner of the World [Kindle Edition]

Mylene Fernández Pintado , Dick Cluster
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"[Mylene Fernandez-Pintado's] talent for characterization and deep knowledge of Cuban history shines through."--Publishers Weekly "Fernandez-Pintado's novel, capably translated ... challenges the tropes and stereotypes inherent in much of the literature about Cuba to add a new perspective ... A sharp, funny blend of politics and romance that strikes out in a new direction."--Kirkus Reviews "The ... blend of cosmopolitan energy and page-turning prose makes for unforgettable reading [and] helps to explain why [Mylene Fernandez-Pintado's] work continues to be translated across the globe."--Booklist "Dick Cluster renders Marian's confiding, conversational voice into a flexible and engaging English prose that fully does justice to Fernandez-Pintado's appealing narrator. By turns chatty and buoyant, searching and lyrical, Marian offers a glimpse into a contemporary Cuba that is partially opened, half-changed ... Perhaps more powerful than anything penned by its characters is the novel itself, a love letter to the city of Havana in all its chaos, complexity, and beauty."----Charlotte Whittle, Reading in Translation "Love in Havana, love found and mislaid. In thoughtfully chosen words--just those needed, and no more--Mylene Fernandez-Pintado offers us a magnificent gift. Her story of lost love and the difficult pursuit of literature is an X-ray of life in Havana, set in a present where glimpses of the future have not yet arrived."--Leonardo Padura, author of The Man Who Loved Dogs and the Mario Conde novels of Havana "This forthright and lyrical novel tears at our hearts with the dilemmas facing its characters and their city, from a perspective that can come only from a woman writer in in full consciousness of her gender. The fresh panorama of Cuban society today is painted without taboos or constraints, with a faith in human possibilities, and above all with a courage that stems from what is most legitimate and durable in ourselves."--Nancy Morejon "What I liked most about A Corner of the World, Mylene Fernandez-Pintado's wonderful novel, is how superbly human it portrays its characters. They are neither political or apolitical, and both brave and uneasy, living in a 21st century Cuba that does not easily conform to expectation. A Corner of the World is about desires and dreams, and, of course, about love."--Achy Obejas "A captivating story of love, emigration, and separation in today's Cuba and today's world. Like the best of Truman Capote, another master of the short novel, Mylene Fernandez-Pintado gives us a cast of unforgettable characters: contradictory, complex, and human."--Fernando Perez, director of Suite Habana, Life Is to Whistle, and Madagascar "A Corner of the World is a story of a city and its people--a love story in which Havana is the ally and also the observer of its inhabitants. To that city Marian, the main character, is our guide, introducing us to settings and characters, to their hopes, frustrations, and rejections. Some live on memories, others take to the seaside Malecon to sustain their unfulfilled dreams. To read this book is to encounter one of the best and most intimate works of Cuban literature of the 21st century." Mabel Cuesta, author of Cuba post-sovietica: un cuerpo narrado en clave de mujer "Seductive and sensitive, written in clear and direct prose, Mylene Fernandez-Pintado offers us a sad, erotic, tender, and sometimes ironic tale of passion and desertion. In this story, Havana is more than a backdrop--the city becomes a co-protagonist, a confidante, a point of departure and return, and of waiting. This novel is for anyone, anywhere, who cares about what other people lose and find. It's for readers curious about the interior adventures of their fellow human beings, adventures that come with literary pleasures and an alchemy of fiction and life."--Senel Paz, novelist and screen writer of Strawberry and Chocolate, Things I Left in Havana, and In the Sky with Diamonds "No novel I have read in the past two years has attracted me as much as this one--for many reasons, but especially because it manages to capture within its few pages so many key elements of today's Cuba." Cira Romero, La Jiribilla

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"Mylene Fernandez offers us a magnificent gift. Her story of lost love and the difficult pursuit of literature is at the same time an X-ray of life in Havana, set in a present where glimpses of the future have not yet arrived."—Leonardo Padura, author of The Man Who Loved Dogs and the Mario Conde novels of Havana

In contemporary Havana, "Do I stay or do I go?" is always the question, and love doesn't necessarily conquer all.

A cautious, reserved professor of Spanish Literature, Marian has no idea that her quiet life is about to be turned upside down. When she's asked to review the work of a young, ambitious first-time novelist, she meets Daniel, and their love affair leads her to question both the choices she's made so far in her life and the opportunities she might yet still have.

Theirs is the story of an intense and impossible love, set in today's Havana, a city where there can be no plans, where chance is the order of the day and a fierce sense of loyalty and pride coexists with the desire to live beyond the island's isolation.

"The fresh panorama of Cuban society today is painted without taboos or constraints, with a faith in human possibilities, and above all with a courage that stems from what is most legitimate and durable in ourselves."—Nancy Morejón, author of Looking Within: Selected Poems and Piedra Pulida

"A Corner of the World is about desires and dreams, and, of course, about love."—Achy Obejas, author of Days of Awe and Ruins

"Like the best of Truman Capote, another master of the short novel, Mylene Fernández gives us a cast of unforgettable characters: contradictory, complex, and human."—Fernando Pérez, director of Suite Habana, Life Is to Whistle, and Madagascar

"To read this book is to encounter one of the best and most intimate works of Cuban literature of the 21st century."—Mabel Cuesta, author of Cuba post-soviética: un cuerpo narrado en clave de mujer

"A sad, erotic, tender, and sometimes ironic tale of passion and desertion. … the city becomes a co-protagonist, a confidante, a point of departure and return, and of waiting."—Senel Paz, novelist and screenwriter of Strawberry and Chocolate, Things I Left in Havana, and In the Sky with Diamonds

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1019 KB
  • Print Length: 141 pages
  • Publisher: City Lights Publishers (1 Sep 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00J1JQ3NO
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #753,058 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unfurling in Havana 28 Oct 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A beautiful novel about a women unfurling after love turns her life upside down. Characters are sketched but memorable, language is sparse but complete and each description brings new and different perspectives. A gem.
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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars  3 reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars We rarely get books translated in English from Cuba. Worth the time. 21 Oct 2014
By AbuelaLinda - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Interesting small novel. I heard the author and her translator, Dick Cluster, give a presentation from this book and talk about translating issues. So little work from Cuba is translated and published in the United States. And even in Cuba, books are published in such limited numbers that it is always difficult to get books, except at the annual book fair. "A Corner of the World" is a little gem of vignettes of neighbors, really almost a collection of short stories in a novel format with a loose plot revolving around a dead end relationship with a younger male writer. Should we stay or should we go is a common theme in Cuban writing and in Cuban movies. The separation of families, the discussions about talk of utopia in other countries, the disappointment when moving, the disappointment when staying, the love of country and its culture are all here in this short novel. I liked it but think it might have been more successful without the boyfriend theme and if it had been written in short story format. Also, I was disappointed to find the book is not being sold in Spanish in the U.S.
4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderfully rich panorama of a society we know so little about. 8 Oct 2014
By Guinan02 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The author presents a varied and balanced perspective of life in contemporary Havana in a compact narrative of the complexities of the Cuban reality. The host of parallel characters struggle with making expected and unexpected choices and living with the repercussions thereof. The themes include all manner of leaving, loss and being left behind; self-identity; home vs. homeland; the cost of becoming 'the other'; the issue of the fantasy vs. the reality of any given society; the effect of violence, war and economic desperation on the moral code. The writing, especially in the second half, is wonderfully rich and the insights profound. The novel is, at its heart, a love story. But although Marian, the protagonist, appears to be banal and impossibly romantic, she turns out to be introspective. But her feet are ultimately firmly planted on her home soil, making her much more three dimensional. The heartbreaking choices of leaving or remaining at home is one made over and over again by the cast of characters. You will find that in the end, there are no simple answers.
5.0 out of 5 stars A love story with more 14 Oct 2014
By Ellen Cassedy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
A love story that reveals a wider world. A gem-like story, fiercely unsentimental, that nonetheless made me want to slip into this island culture with all its joys, disappointments, and complexities.
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