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El país imaginado
El país imaginado

El país imaginado

By Eduardo Berti, Introduction by Alberto Manguel


240 Pages, 5 x 8.25

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $25.95 (US $25.95) (CA $28.95)

Publication Date: May 2014

ISBN 9788415578185

Rights: US & CA

Editorial Impedimenta (May 2014)

Price: $25.95


Imbued with a magical quality, this elegant fable transports readers to early 20th-century China, a country brimming with ghosts, with weddings between the living and the dead, and with superstitions and ancestral rites. Living in the midst of this is the tale’s protagonist, a young girl living in dread of the marriage her parents are attempting to arrange for her. She has eyes only for Xiaomei, the daughter of a blind bird vendor. She and Xiaomei initiate an at-first halting, timid friendship, but in their meetings in the park where the elderly gather with their birds, they discover the importance of what should be spoken and what should be left unsaid, and of beauty and loyalty, which have the power to lift them out of their circumstances.

Author Biography

Eduardo Berti is the award-winning author of the novels Agua, La mujer de Wakefield, La sombra de púgil, and Todos los Funes, and the short story collections Lo inolvidable and La vida imposible. He is also a translator who has translated works by Charles Dickens, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry James, and Jacques Sternberg to Spanish. Alberto Manguel is an internationally acclaimed essayist and novelist, as well as a prize-winning translator and the editor of 10 anthologies. He is the author of the award-winning A History of Reading, as well as of New from a Foreign Country Came, A Reading Diary, and Stevenson under the Palm Trees. He contributed for many years to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the New York Times, the Times Literary Supplement, and the Village Voice. A resident of France, he was made an Officer in the Order of Arts and Letters by that country.