Fiction / Latin America


Ballad of Another Time
A Novel
José Luis González
Translated by Asa Zatz, with a new foreword by Rosario Ferré

The Americas
Irene Vilar, Series Editor

Winner of the Mexican literary prizes, the Premio Xavier Villaurrutia and the Premio Magda Donato

"A haunting, almost uncanny tale of love and honor in which the . . . characters move through a world of secret passions and silences. . . . [Set in Puerto Rico], scenes of impoverished farmers, madwomen, and men in coffee shops and cafes combine to form a blend of voices and landscapes whose essence can be distilled into three words: tobacco, coffee, and sugar."—Marjorie Agosin, New York Times Book Review

José Luis González (1926–1996) was born in the Dominican Republic and lived in Puerto Rico and Mexico. His novels, short stories, and essays have been widely translated and anthologized.

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cover of Gonzalez is an illustration of a man in a Puerto Rican bar

November 2004
124 est. pp. 5 x 8
ISBN 978-0-299-20694-7 Paper $17.95 t

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