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Closer to God

Adam Bradbury, 14 May 1992

1492: The Life and Times of Juan Cabezon of Castile 
by Homero Aridjis, translated by Betty Ferber.
Deutsch, 284 pp., £14.99, October 1991, 0 233 98727 4
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The Campaign 
by Carlos Fuentes, translated by Alfred MacAdam.
Deutsch, 246 pp., £14.99, November 1991, 0 233 98726 6
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The Penguin Book of Latin American Short Stories 
edited by Thomas Colchie.
Viking, 448 pp., £15.99, January 1992, 0 670 84299 0
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... piece, ‘Luvina’, appears in a pointed collection of Latin American short stories gathered by Thomas Colchie which brings to light some of the less familiar aspects of the region’s writers. Brazilians are refreshingly well-represented; refreshingly, magic realism is not. Linking many of the pieces is a dark, brooding quality where cruelty and ...

Worlds Apart

Nicholas Spice, 6 March 1986

Kiss of the Spider Woman 
by Manuel Puig, translated by Thomas Colchie.
Arena, 281 pp., £2.95, January 1986, 0 09 934200 6
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Back in the World 
by Tobias Wolff.
Cape, 221 pp., £8.95, January 1986, 0 224 02343 8
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... As a biology teacher at a large comprehensive school, my sister was given the job of taking the second-formers for sex education. To unblock inhibitions in the first lesson, she decided on a mild form of aversion therapy: covering the blackboard with taboo words, words normally out of bounds in the discourse between a teacher and her twelve-year-old pupils ...

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