Mundo Cruel
Mundo Cruel
Translated by Suzanne Jill Levine

Nine short stories open a door into working class Santurce, Puerto Rico, where shoddy medical offices, Catholic churches, Mormon temples, and Santeria storefronts line the sunbaked streets. Here, a bumbling prostitute-turned-fugitive bewilderingly avoids capture. Back-biting mothers hand down judgment on their neighbors and the world at large from their front lawns. A desperate dog-owner will do anything to have his precious animal sent to a taxidermist. A young Chosen One with a curious gift helps his fellow parishioners find God.

Mundo Cruel, Luis Negron's debut book, elegantly presents to its readers a world both tragic and outrageous. Masterfully satirical with a discrete solemnity at its core, Mundo Cruel's most remarkable element is its language. Several of its stories feature unnamed protagonists brought to life by their speech—colloquial, self-incriminating, and idiosyncratic—revealing Negron's mesmerizing talent for conjuring the spoken word in all its subtlety.

Title Mundo Cruel
Subtitle Stories
Author Luis Negrón
Translated by Suzanne Jill Levine
Publisher Seven Stories Press
Title First Published 01 February 2013
Format Paperback
Nb of pages
ISBN-10 160980418X
ISBN-13 9781609804183
Weight 16 oz.
List Price $13.95

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