Wednesday, June 04, 2008

VERMEER'S MILKMAID: New Stories from Manuel Rivas

Award-winning Spanish writer Manuel Rivas is “an author who knows how to introduce poetry not just into his sentences but into his way of looking at the world” (Le Monde). In Vermeer's Milkmaid, his new collection of short fiction, Rivas turns his poetic eye upon the everyday lives of the memorable Galician characters. They may be desperately harsh and filled with pain and solitude, but their situations are always redeemed by humor and tenderness in this collection of by prizewinning Spanish writer Manuel Rivas. Rivas draws on folktales, fantasy, and, most deeply, human psychology to create haunting tiny dramas. Deft and precise, these stories linger long after being read.

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