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Kill the Ampaya: the Best Latin American Baseball Fiction

Wednesday 5/31 // 273 Social Sciences & Humanities Building // 12- 1:30pm

A rich variety of baseball fiction exists south of the Florida Straits and the Rio Grande, but almost none of it is available in English.  This collection translates for the first time stories ranging from the highly literary to the vernacular.  These inventive and entertaining stories reveal the place of baseball in Latin America.  Mixing fan and fandom, baseball and politics, rural and urban life, sexism and poverty, Kill the Ampaya! reveals the how baseball shapes the fabric of everyday Latin American Life.

The collection includes interntionally known writers such as Leonardo Padura from Cuba (The Man who Loved Dogs), and Sergio Ramirez from Nicaragua ( Divine Punishement, A Thousand Deaths Plus One).  Others are well known writers in their own countries such as Arturo Arango and Eduardo del Llano in Cuba, Alexis Rosa and Jose Bobadilla in the Dominican Republic, Yolanda Arroyo Pizarro in Puerto Rico, and Vicente Leñero in Mexico, as well as other emerging literary figures as Salvador Flejan and Rodrigo Blanco Calderon in Venezuela, sandra Tavarez and Daniel Reyes German in the D.R. and Carmen Hernandez Peña in Cuba. 

The editor and Translator, Dick Cluster, provides an informative and entertaining introduction to this collection of Stories that traces the evolution and history of throughout the Carribean and Central America.  At the beginning of each story in this book, Cluster Also provides a brief introduction to the writer of the chosen Selection.  

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