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Mulata [Paperback]

Miguel Angel Asturias


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5.0 out of 5 stars Mulata spectacular 21 Jun 2000
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No book compares to the Mulata. Not just in quality, though it's a wonderful book, or in prose style, though it's beautifully and psychedelically (yes) written, but in topic, which is as far out there yet as perfectly (il)logical as anything I've ever read. Based it seems on Guatemalan mythology, the plot follows a poor farmer (name forgotten by me) who starts out dissatisfied with his economic state and makes a deal with Tazol, the corn-husk devil, an enigmatic being whose first request of him is that he go to market with his fly open to lead the town's women into temptation (thus the title of the other translation, "the Mulata and Mr. Fly"). He ends up divorcing his wife (in a sense; he turns her into a kind of inanimate doll) and marrying a Mulata, who is doubly-sexed and indeterminately dangerous. The book continues to interact with more demons, witches, beasts, gods, etc, etc. Pure loveliness. There is none better. If someone would only translate "Leyendas de Guatemala" ... the itch for more might be scratched, but as it is, this is your only option. and a necessary one.
5.0 out of 5 stars Hail, the Sorcerers of Tierrapaulita 6 April 2013
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In the annals of literature, the scene (that mental image) of a black cassocked village priest turned by Earth Devil sorcery into a black cassocked spider with ten thousand arms, fighting a monstrous hedgehog with ten thousand fiery spines (noneother than the great sorcerer Yumi), in the church of Tierrapaulita, that famous sorcerer's town, somewhere in the mountainous, magical land of imaginary, magical Guatemala, can hardly be matched. Oh, and all of this proceeded by the wild hilarity of the story of the Chamber-Potters.....oh, and the Wedding, no, Requiem Mass (Black) of Mulata and Yumi, the church filled with cursing, spitting, tobacco chewing wizards....well.....
Mulata de Tal was first published in Spanish, 1963, in Buenos Aires, by the great Guatemalan poet, novelist, playwright, journalist, diplomat, and winner of the 1967 Nobel for Literature, Miguel Angel Asturias, who is considered one of the fathers of South American Magical Realism, that literary tsunami which first flooded U.S. shores in the 1970s and 1980s.
Mulata is fantastical, poetic, riotously funny, beautiful, imperfect, poignant shading even to tragedy, a work of genius, and an absolute translating tour de force for the renowned translator Gregory Rabassa.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good condition, quick shipping 17 Feb 2009
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