Clark Zlotchew

Selected Works

Fiction: Short Stories
FINALIST for NEXT GENERATION INDIE BOOK AWARDS 2011. See: Seventeen narratives of love and death, hope and despair, adventure at sea, adolescent angst, Borges and the mystery of the American writer with three names, Havana on the eve of the Castro Revolution, race relations in the Deep South during the lost civilization of the 1950s.
Espionage/Thriller Novel
Political intrigue, violent action and suspense in the little-known and volatile region of the Russian North Caucasus: Daghestan.
Literary Interviews
Author's English version of his Spanish-language interviews with J.L. Borges and seven other writers in Buenos Aires and Montevideo plus interviews with three Argentine-born Israeli writers who still write and publish in Spanish.
Translation of Interview
Seven Conversations between Argentine writer, Fernando Sorrentino, and Jorge Luis Borges, one of the best known and most admired writers of the 20th Century.
Curso de creacion literaria/Creative Writing Course
Este libro se dirige a escritores y estudiantes hispanohablantes y a estudiantes avanzados de espanol que quieran mejorar sus escritos.
Literary Criticism
A tracing of the earliest thought patterns in the writings of Galdos, and of the manner in which this author creates literature out of instinctual drives and unconscious psychic material.
The term "Magic Realism" is used a great deal, although there is no agreement as to its meaning. This book attempts to arrive at some definition of the term by studying the works and opinions of several 20th-Century Latin American writers.
Spanish Language Instruction
"Well, this book is the language book of my dreams! A light has gone on!" (From an Amazon reviewer signing as "A Customer")
Spanish Grammar Reference
“The serious student of Spanish will find this is the only book he/she needs.” (excerpt from Amazon reviewer Bonny Neeley)

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Varieties of Magic Realism

(Ediciones Nuevos Espacios/​Academic Press ENE, 2007)

Jorge Luis Borges and Zlotchew in 1985

Hidden Reality

The term "Magic Realism" (or "Magical Realism") has been used with great frequency from the second half of the 20th-Century to the present, especially with reference to contemporary Latin American literature, yet it is not always clear exactly what is meant by this designation. The term “Magic Realism” is often confused with fantasy, the uncanny, the marvelous, the supernatural, and surrealism.

Opinions on what Magic Realism actually is are so polarized that some Latin American critics consider that Magic Realism in Latin America begins with the first short story of Jorge Luis Borges, while other critics claim that Borges cannot even be considered a Magic Realist.

The Introduction to this book provides a historical overview of this mode of writing (and painting), then defines the literary modes often confused with it, and offers some current opinions on what a definition of Magic Realism should or might be.

The ten chapters that follow the Introduction present an analysis of works by writers such as Jorge Luis Borges, Carlos Fuentes, Julio Ricci, Antonio Brailovsky and Enrique Jaramillo Levi, in an attempt to illustrate the manner in which some Latin American authors create their own brand of Magic Realism.

Introduction: Toward a Definition of Magic Realism
Chapter 1 Borges: Man as Instrument

Chapter 2 Borges: Magic Realism in Real Life
Chapter 3 Borges and the French "New Novel": Fiction Wrapped in Fiction
Chapter 4: Borges and the French "New Novel": The Unmediated Experience

Chapter 5: Borges and the French "New Novel": The Reader as Accomplice
Chapter 6: Carlos Fuentes' Aura: Magic, Sex and Destiny
Chapter 7: Julio Ricci: Time Transmuted Into Space

Chapter 8: Julio Ricci: Return to Eden
Chapter 9: Antonio Brailovsky: Beneath the Surface of Reality
Chapter 10: Enrique Jaramillo Levi: Magical Metaphors of Literary Creativity

Varieties of Magic Realism