El cuento y sus características. De los cuentos. Ésta edición está conformada por seis cuentos: El principio del placer. La zarpa. La fiesta brava. The three short stories written by Jose Emilio Pacheco that I have .. He is best known for his collection of short stories, Cuentos macabros. José Emilio Pacheco (–) es un escritor mexicano que es conocido por sus libros de poesía, pero también escribe ensayos, cuentos y novelas. WCN Literature and Writing Literatura: La zarpa, por José Emilio Pacheco.

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We must also recognize the simple fact that literary translation is not an exact science; many words and phrases in one language, and the ideas behind them, can not always be presented with the same force and clarity of meaning in another language. The manner in which the reader perceives Anselmo’s personality contributes a great deal to how the 73 reader perceives and judges the entire story.

There are thematic parallels among these stories which are discussed in the chapter that analyses Parque de diversiones. However, for the sake of clarity and readability I sometimes substitute parentheses for dashes, or change the order of the clauses in a sentence.

Some of the words and expressions are even particular to the language of Mexico City, such as la chento for zarla police, which I translate as the fuzz, believing it to be the best English slang word from the same era. For Andres, and therefore for the reader as well, Ricardo’s words sometimes ring hollow, and his motives for saying certain things and his manner of saying them are sometimes called into question. The narrator makes it clear that Anselmo is the most important lz in the story and that he is going to tell some sort of tale.

Hose was somewhat overshadowed, however, by the knowledge gained in These references are discussed in detail in the chapter which analyses La fiesta brava. Only in a very few instances was I forced to change the order of the clauses in a sentence, or to make two sentences in the target text from one sentence in the source text. Many Mexican writers were still searching for their own national identity, attempting to define what it meant to be Mexican. Anselmo goes on to explain that it was not zarpx peasant land-owners fault because “nadie los mandb a la escuela y eran todavia mas inorantes que ahora” In many cases, my questions led to even more questions before I could attempt to answer the original df.


These young men wrote poetry and drama for the most part, but some of them wrote in the new genres of the short novel and the short story Leal But Mexican authors have worked this genre well, especially throughout the twentieth century, and have produced an abundance of ciento stories. This pattern also enhances the element of suspense within the story because the monologue is constantly being interrupted.

Their stories explored human nature as it relates to the violence of war and fighting, to the uncertainty of political and social unrest, and to the pain and humiliation of poverty and suffering.

El principio del placer

He is interrupted fifteen times by brief questions from the listener. Emir Rodriguez Monegal identifies two central causes for this boom. Home About Help Search. La fiesta brava is actually two stories; one within the other, both with the same title.

They explain that “in the cliched expression ‘a flash of lightning’, the word ‘flash’ collocates regularly with the word ‘lightning’, forming such a strong stereotyped association that ‘flash’ by itself is capable of josf the meaning of its collocative partner” We have seen evidence of a great diversity of styles, themes, and objectives spanning more than years of cultural and political growth. Pidio que acercara mi asiento y comenzo su narration Jose Emilio Pacheco El viento distante 82 67 Anselmo’s name is the first word of the story, and he is the subject of five phrases in this first paragraph.

Often connotative meaning must be sacrificed even in a less literal translation if the general or basic meaning of the word or phrase is to be properly conveyed. Later in this century stories about the Revolution appear, with obvious roots in these naturalist works.


There is no direct English equivalent to this cat-like animal. If we were to omit the first paragraph and Anselmo’s final question joe the listener, and take out all the listener’s questions, it would still be a story about what happened to Anselmo, but the audacity he shows at the end, when his motive is revealed, has an important shock effect upon the reader and is esssential for satisfactorily tying the story together in the end. During the s many Latin American countries though not Mexico were under military dictatorships and many writers sought political and social freedom abroad.

The evident differences between Spanish and English grammar and syntax mean that, by their very nature, 46 some sentence structures and verb tenses in the source texts, may have to change in the target texts in order to conform to English usage.

The hacienda was the principal form of land ownership and it was also a social system. Since there are no periods in the story except for the one at the very endand no other types jowe punctuation 50 except for a few question marksthe commas function as thought, phrase, and sentence separators.

An explanation of references to the Vietnam War which occur in La fiesta brava was deemed unnecessary. Short Fiction from Modern Emioio, states that “as a resut of the immediate availability of translations, literary influences have been crossing linguistic and cultural borders” xvii. Realism, which developed parallel to modernism, was another movement which was reflected in the short story.

The search for identity and origin, a central theme in many of their stories, has continued to be one of the principal concerns of contemporary Mexican literature.