Diana Anhalt

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Gulf Coast Gothic

by | Fri, Jan 17, 2003 at 12:00 am CST
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Sentimental Journeys

By Sandra Cisneros 439 pages, $24. Mexican-American writer Sandra Cisneros’ sprawling new novel, Caramelo, is, like its title—the Spanish word for candy—occasionally cloying. But in spite of its excesses, this rich literary confection makes for a delightful read. By far … Read More

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Held Hostage by the Past

Maybe through fiction “we can avenge our dead,” author Debra Magpie Earling once told an interviewer. Perma Red is Earling’s attempt to avenge her own dead, the victims of a “White man’s justice” in general, and her remarkable aunt, Louise … Read More

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Greek Tragedy a la Mexicana

When I recommended Jennifer Clement’s remarkable novel about the life of a servant to my Mexican friends, one of them replied, “If her name is Jennifer Clement, how can she write about Mexico? Nos ve con ojos de gringo.” (She … Read More

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Peeking in Windows

“My brother and I are one body–like good man and good wife. One flesh, one blood here battling from loyalty of heart and doing itself much harm.” — Wolfram von Eschenbach (c. 1170-1220) quoted in “One Flesh, One Blood.” Reading … Read More

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She Writes Like an Angel

Marjorie Agosín–writer, editor, human rights activist, and professor–believes in ghosts. She also believes dreams are the place where the living meet their dead and where recollection is born. Part poetry, part prose, The Angel of Memory is an astonishing work … Read More

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If John Wayne Met Franz Kafka

Shadows walk away from their owners, a young man awaits a train that may have arrived forty years ago, a terrifying black pig is swept away by a maelstrom. Ray Gonzalez’s stories are very strange indeed. On one level, the … Read More

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Recurring Nightmare

“…people think of time as something that comes and passes by and is gone, lost, the way an exhaled breath is lost… But maybe we can regard time, past and present, as co-existing, forever entwined. The past continuous.” – Nguyen … Read More

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