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Latin American Folktales

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Latin American Folktales

Stories from Hispanic and Indian Traditions

By John Bierhorst

Pantheon Books, Paperback, 9780375714399, 402pp.

Publication Date: September 9, 2003

Over one hundred stories showcasing the wisdom and artistry of one the world's richest folktale traditions--the first panoramic anthology of Hispano-American folk narratives in any language.
Gathered from twenty countries and combining the lore of medieval Europe, the ancient Near East, and pre-Columbian America, the stories brought together here represent a core collection of classic Latin American folktales. Among the essential characters are the quiet man's wife who knew the Devil's secrets, the three daughters who robbed their father's grave, and the wife in disguise who married her own husband--not to mention the Bear's son, the tricksters Fox and Monkey, the two compadres, and the classic rogue Pedro de Urdemalas.
Featuring black-and-white illustrations throughout, this Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library edition is unprecedented in size and scope, including riddles, folk prayers, and fables never before translated into English.

About the Author
John Bierhorst's books on Latin American lore include The Mythology of South America and The Mythology of Mexico and Central America. He currently serves as an editor of The Norton Anthology of World Literature.

Praise For Latin American Folktales

"A cornucopia of magic and myth . . . Beware, for the pages of this volume—filled with tricksters, witches, and ghosts—are enchanted!"
—Ilan Stavans