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Mundo Cruel: Stories
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Luis Negrón's debut collection reveals the intimate world of a small community in Puerto Rico joined together by its transgressive sexuality. The writing straddles the shifting line between pure, unadorned storytelling and satire, exploring the sometimes hilarious and sometimes heartbreaking nature of survival in a decidedly cruel world.

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        SUZANNE JILL LEVINE's many translations include the works of Guillermo Cabrera Infante and Manuel Puig. She is the editor of the Penguin Classics Jorge Luis Borges series and author of The Subversive Scribe: Translating Latin American Fiction. She is winner of the 2012 the PEN Center USA Literary Award for her translation of José Donoso's The Lizard's Tale.
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      • source: Publishers Weekly
      • content: "Slender but never slight, and often extremely funny, the nine stories in this debut collection offer insight into both gay life in Puerto Rico and the human condition in general...the reader should be left both completely satisfied and wanting more."
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      • source: Justin Torres, author of We the Animals
      • content: "Hilarious and heart-wrenching, provocative and pitch-perfect, each story is a tiny, transgressive explosion. I feel inadequate to the task of expressing just how wonderful this book is...read it slowly, and listen close; here is a master storyteller at his finest."
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      • source: Antonio Morato, author of Lima y Limón
      • content: "Negrón is perhaps the most intimate and unsuspected heir to Manuel Puig."
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      • source: Guillermo Barquero, Sentencias inútiles
      • content: "These nine stories are rude, beautiful, funny, tender, sarcastic but, above all, human."
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      • source: Los Angeles Review
      • content: "Sharp and distinct voices guide the darkly witty stories in Luis Negron's debut short story collection, Mundo Cruel. Negron breaks open the chaotic lives of queens and lovers revolving in and around Santurce, Puerto Rico, through stories that resemble monologues driven by each character's strong personalities."
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      • source: Margarita Pintado Burgos, Desvalijadas
      • content: "Like a cross between Manuel Puig and Luis Rafael Sánchez, the author of these stories shows us the tenderness, the love, and the bravery of those who decide to embrace their identity, whatever it happens to be."
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      • source: Out Magazine
      • content: "Negrón has a knack for portraying the insight and pathos that arise when old-school romantic, wounded souls collide. In nine short fictional monologues, he brilliantly depicts the campy queers, effeminate banter, and rough trade of Santurce, a low-rent neighborhood in San Juan. Negrón's humor and heart put him in the canon of gay high satire headed by Manuel Puig, the author of Kiss of the Spider Woman..."
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      • source: Charlie Vazquez, Latino Rebels
      • content: "Luis Negrón is a very gifted storyteller, and one who is not afraid to steer straight into shameful and hurtful memories at top speed, confessing them with no fear or need of pity. "Mundo Cruel" will make you laugh and will make you cringe--but what would life be without its ups and downs?"
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      • source: Lambda Literary Review
      • content: "Luis Negrón's debut story collection, Mundo Cruel, is a study in verve, sass, and voice, peppered with a dash of spirituality. Short and sweet, this slim volume delivers its wisdom in one breakneck sprint through the cosmopolitan barrio of Santurce, San Juan, Puerto Rico. Negrón's work has garnered comparisons to Manuel Puig, the late Argentine pop author best known for his novel Kiss of the Spider Woman. It's an apt comparison. Like Puig, Negrón's prose crackles with the voice of the street, constructing deep meaning out of absurdity and satire. But Negrón is his own writer."
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      • source: The Advocate Hot Sheet
      • content: "Luis Negrón's amusing collection of short stories weave gritty, funny, and intimate tales from the eclectic island of Puerto Rico. The stories, while all so unique from each other, share an undercurrent of sexuality that provides a true air of authenticity; the real Puerto Rico, not the fortress-like resorts or tchotchke shops of Old San Juan."
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      • source: Typographical Era
      • content: "Negron's characters are so multidimensional that you almost believe it possible to reach into the pages of his tales and offer them some quick advice or stern words of warning. Perhaps the relatability they possess is the scariest part of these tales."
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      • source: The Daily Texan
      • content: "In just 96 pages, Luis Negrón is satirical, heartwarming, heartbreaking and laugh-out-loud funny. His collection of short fictional stories, Mundo Cruel, is gay fiction at its best."
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      • source: The Bay Area Reporter
      • content: "Negron's deft touch is humane, warm, and funny. Using economical, vivid prose, he makes a compelling case that assimilation isn't for all, and that those outside the mainstream are worthy of respect."
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      • source: Three Percent<
      • content: "Mundo Cruel might be a quick read, yet this is the type of book whose characters will linger in your imagination--it might take some effort to shake them off. Negrón is an incredibly gifted writer whose vivid prose, diverse writing style, and humor makes reading this book a true joy."
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      • source: Publisher's Weekly
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        February 4, 2013
        Slender but never slight, and often extremely funny, the nine stories in this debut collection offer insight into both gay life in Puerto Rico and the human condition in general. “The Chosen One” deals with the intermixing of religion and sexuality. In “The Vampire of Moca,” a man rents an apartment at a large discount to a man he’s attracted to, but is disappointed in the resulting situation. “For Guayama” details the obsessive quest to deal with the passing of a beloved pet. “La Edwin” reaches the conclusion, with far more delight than resignation, that “the world has been the world for a long time,” and it is this ratio of delight to resignation that sets the tone of the book. The title story contains the narrator’s realization of his place in the world. In “So Many,” two mothers, “worried—extremely worried” about neighborhood boys being gay, exchange gossip. The excellent “Botella” packs an entertaining noir novel into the space of a few pages; it will make you think about bleach in ways you may never have before. In the end, the reader should be left both completely satisfied and wanting more.

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      • source: Library Journal
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        August 1, 2013

        Puerto Rico's status as a U. S. territory creates an interesting duality for its inhabitants. This duality is reflected in nine short stories of the island's gay population who are part of the community and yet outsiders.

        Copyright 2013 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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