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Latin American mystery writers : an A-to-Z guide
Lockhart, Darrell B.
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Westport, Ct. : Greenwood Press, [2004]

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xxxvii, 225 pages ; 25 cm
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Latin America has a rich literary tradition that is receiving growing amounts of attention. The body of Latin American mystery writing is especially vast and diverse. Because it is part of Latin American popular culture, it also reflects many of the social and cultural concerns of that region. This reference provides an overview of mystery fiction of Latin America. While many of the authors profiled have received critical attention, others have been relatively neglected.

Included are alphabetically arranged entries on 54 writers, most of whom are from Argentina, Mexico, and Cuba. Every effort has been made to include balanced coverage of the few female mystery writers. Each entry is written by an expert contributor and includes a brief biography, a critical discussion of the writer's works, and primary and secondary bibliographies. The volume closes with a general bibliography of anthologies and criticism.

Author Notes

DARRELL B. LOCKHART is an assistant professor of Spanish at the University of Nevada, Reno where he teaches Latin American literature, popular culture, and film. He is the editor of Latin American Jewish Writers: A Dictionary (1997), co-author of Culture and Customs of Argentina (Greenwood, 1998), and editor of Latin American Science Fiction Writers and Latin American Mystery Writers (both Greenwood, 2004).

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Booklist Review

Lockhart, an assistant professor of Spanish at the University of Nevada, Reno, has edited both this volume on Latin American mystery writers and a companion volume on science fiction writers. Both volumes trace the development of their genres over roughly the past 100 years, with selective biocritical coverage of 54 writers in Mystery0 and 70 writers in Science Fiction0 .\b \b0 The scope is broadly defined in both cases: Mystery0 encompasses both the classic detective fiction model and contemporary hard-boiled literature. As used here, Latin America0 spans countries of the Americas that are Spanish- or Portuguese-speaking but excludes Hispanic, Latino, or Chicano authors from the U.S. The majority of authors are associated with Argentina, Mexico, and Cuba. Alphabetically arranged author entries written by scholars feature the country of association, a narrative with biographical information that summarizes the author's literary contribution and impact on the genre, and a bibliography of primary and critical sources. Length of the narrative varies and can be anywhere from a couple of paragraphs to seven pages. All titles include English translations. Both volumes feature introductory essays on the genre and information on the contributors, many of whom are affiliated with Latin American universities. The volumes conclude with an index (mostly authors and titles) and a bibliography of literary anthologies and criticism by country. Despite the occasional inclusion of a well-known name like Jorge Luis Borges, authors are more often little known, as in the case of mystery writers Alvaro Abos and Sauli Lostal, neither of whom are covered in standard English-language literary sources such as Gale's Literature Resource Center 0 database, nor are they in specialized sources such as Latin American Writers0 (Scribner, 1989). These two titles definitely fill a void. Recommended for libraries serving Latin American studies programs. --Susan Gardner Copyright 2004 Booklist

Choice Review

Lockhart covers 54 writers from Central and South America, chiefly from Argentina and Mexico, but Brazil, Cuba, Chile, Peru, and Uruguay are also represented. Each entry includes a biographical sketch and a discussion of the writer's major works, focusing on themes and characters. Many entries also address the cultural and historical contexts of the writers and their works. A bibliography of primary and secondary materials accompanies each entry. An introductory chapter by Mempo Giardinelli (one of the Argentinean writers included in the guide) traces the history and presence of the mystery genre in Latin America, offering an overview of the two most prevalent subgenres practiced there, the police procedural and the hard-boiled private detective story. Besides the bibliographies after each entry, the guide also provides a bibliography of anthologies and critical works for Latin America in general, and for each country covered in the guide, as available. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Library collections with holdings in Latin American literature or detective fiction. E. B. Lindsay Washington State University

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Hard-boiled Detective Novel in Latin AmericaMempo Giardinelli
The Sourcebook Latin American Detective Fiction
A Bibliography of Literary Anthologies and Criticism
About the Editor and Contributors