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Sun, Stone, and Shadows

Sun, Stone, and Shadows

by Jorge F. Hernández

The temples and gods of pre-Columbian Mexico are a pile of ruins, but the spirit that breathed life into that world has not disappeared… Being a Mexican writer means listening to the voice of that present, that presence.

Temple of El Castillo in Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico (Copyright Mark Segal/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Book-length Works From Selected Writers

  • Arreola, Juan José. Obras. Mexico: Fondo de Cultura Económica, 1995.
  • Castellanos, Rosario. A Rosario Castellanos Reader: An Anthology of Her Poetry, Short Fiction, Essays, and Drama. Austin, TX: University of Texas Press, 1988.
  • Fuentes, Carlos. Burnt Water. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1980.
  • Paz, Octavio. The Labyrinth of Solitude. New York: Grove Press, 1985.
  • Rulfo, Juan. The Burning Plain and Other Stories. Austin, TX: University of Texas Press, 1967.

Anthologies of Mexican fiction

In English
  • Allende, Isabel, et al. A Necklace of Words: Short Fiction by Mexican Women. Fredonia, NY: White Line Press, 1997.
  • Appelbaum, Stanley. Mexican Short Stories/Cuentos mexicanos. A Dual-Language Book. Mineola, NY: Dover Publications, 2008.
  • Passages: Short Stories. Bloomington, IN: 1st Library Books, 2004.
  • Stavans, Ilán. Prospero's Mirror: A Translator's Portfolio of Latin American Short Fiction. Willimantic, CT: Curbstone Press, Bilingual Edition, 1998.
  • Swanson, Phillip. Latin American Fiction: A Short Introduction. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing, 2005.
In Spanish
  • Alatriste, Sealtiel. Cuentos mexicanos. Antología. Mexico: Alfaguara, 2006.
  • Beltrán, Rosa. Los mejores cuentos mexicanos 2006. Mexico: Joaquín Mortiz, 2006.
  • Millán, María del Carmen. Antología de cuentos mexicanos, 1 y 2. Mexico: Editorial Nueva Imagen, 1977.
  • Monsiváis, Carlos. Lo fugitivo permanece. Mexico: Ediciones Cal y Arena, 1990.
  • Rulfo, Juan, from Los cuadernos de Juan Rulfo (1994), transcriptions of his writing notebooks, presentatión by Clara Aparicio de Rulfo, transcribed by Yvette Jiménez de Báez. Ed. Mexico: Ediciones Era, 1994.
  • Traven, B. Canasta de cuentos mexicanos. Mexico: Selector, 2000.
If you would like to read other Mexican fiction, you might enjoy:
  • Carlos Fuentes's Aura, 1962
  • Rosario Castellanos's The Book of Lamentations, 1962
  • Octavio Paz's Sunstone, 1957
  • Juan Rulfo's Pedro Páramo, 1955
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