Edited by Rosario Santos
Updated here with four new works, this collection features over twenty short stories by leading Central American writers. By turns unsettling, absurd, tragic, exhilarating, and mystical, these stories introduce us to the people behind the front-page horrors. A Torruban Indian loses a month's pay with a bad role of the dice; the beautiful young Anita hunts beetles and cockroaches; to up its popularity rating, a government stages the first "Miss Underdeveloped Contest"; after the 1954 massacres in Guatemala, children hold a funeral for a bird. Reflecting a wide range of styles, these stories point in new directions while evincing the particular strength and courage it takes to write in a war-torn country.