Caribbean Studies. Translated by Judith Kerman. Bilingual Edition. These short stories some very short are often mysterious and quirky, with a shimmer of heat and fire, a glisten of water and a frisson which comes from not quite knowing where you are or what's about to happen.
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Caribbean Studies. Translated by Judith Kerman. Bilingual Edition. These short stories some very short are often mysterious and quirky, with a shimmer of heat and fire, a glisten of water and a frisson which comes from not quite knowing where you are or what's about to happen. Many stories have a sly humor and surprise endings. The reader is sometimes left with a feeling of regret, sometimes a feeling of elation and often a sense of something just out of reach.
This collection of sixteen stories reflects the original contents and order of the book, originally published in Santo Domingo by Editora Taller. She was educated in Paris, where she studied French and English, as well as literature and archaeology.
She returned to the Dominican Republic in In , at the encouragement of fellow writer Juan Bosch, she began writing stories, which were published in various newspapers. In she became the first woman to receive the National Literature Award in the Dominican Republic.
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Between Two Silences / Entre Dos Silencios
She learned to read in France, where she spent most of her childhood and adolescence. Contreras returned to the Dominican Republic in June , interrupting her studies in archaeology. In , she met the famous writer Juan Bosch in Santo Domingo. She had sent him a letter under the pseudonym Silvia Hilcon, accompanied by a story. Bosch responded on March 8, and on July 4 he published the story in the Listin Dominical, with a brief note. This was her first story with a "criolla flavor," entitled "The good ones go. Hilma Contreras, the award-winning writer, considered the quintessential master of the short story in the Dominican Republic, is celebrated as the first woman to win the Premio Nacional de Literatura, the National Literature Award for Lifetime Work awarded by the Corripio Foundation and the Secretariat of State for Culture.