Item description for Macario/ Macario (Spanish Edition) by B. Traven...
Macario is the story of a poor man who has been hungry all his life. He suffers from a gnawing poverty which never quite kills, but also never quite permits any visible change or hope. Despite his acceptance of his colorless existence, he has a fantasy which becomes a tacit means of survival, nourishing him far more than does his meager daily diet. This book is #34 in the Cervantes & Co. Spanish Classics series.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.25" Width: 5" Height: 7.75" Weight: 0.25 lbs.
Publisher Selector S.A. de C.U.
ISBN 9706436448 ISBN13 9789706436443
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More About B. Traven
B. Traven, whose national origins are still in dispute, maintained that "my life belongs to me--only my books belong to the public." He died in Mexico in 1969.
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Beautiful short story Oct 31, 2003
A very interesting story with a puzzling ending, I especially liked the understanding that Traven has of the meaning of death in the mexican culture. A man goes into the woods and meets the Death, they make a pact, a series of events follow until Macario dies many years later, or did he die the same day he met the Death?, you find out. I really recomend this book for everyone, combine it with Canasta de Cuentos Mexicanos, these two books really make for some of Traven's best.
Traven's misterious take on Mexican concept of death Mar 17, 1999
While somewhat mechanical in structure, the novella nevertheless gains in its simplicity what it might have lost attempting to philosophize too deeply about fate and the death figure's task of complying with it. Lujan's translation is to be commended. This is an ideal book for advanced High School Spanish students, especially if it's read before "el día de los muertos" and is accompanied by the classic film (black-and-white), although the latter strays slightly in content from Traven's original. The movie was used in the 1970's as part of the University of Arizona's curriculum for 4th semester Spanish, and may be still available either through them or through Tulane's Latin American Studies Rescource Center. Students are at times troubled by Macario's "power" being subject to fate, and therefore void of real meaning, and not dependent on the "agua curativa" he must use to free the "moribundos" from death's grasp.
macario meets: god, devil and the dead; the 3 ask for food Feb 15, 1998
macario is a very poor man who lives in a mexican forest (woods), he is the father of 8 or 9 kids. his wife loves him so much; he works hard but any way the are miserables....he only has a dream before he dies...eat on his own a complete turkey, without share it with NOBODY, even his family....he always said this dream to his wife, so during a lot of years, and saving as much as possible, one day she cook the turkey and send him to the woods early in the morning, before kids smell the turkey...macario runs inside the woods to hide and made possible the big dream...and suddenly apears just in front of him GOD,who's starving,and HE asks for food... read the book to know Macario's answer...)then comes the devil, (great answer too...) and then comes the dead...(here is were the really story begins)
Fascinating novelization of a Mexican folktale Jan 23, 1998
Great for intermediate students or adults. Goes through a lot of Mexican culture in a very accessible Mexican Spanish. Poor woodcutter Macario meets the devil, Jesus, and Death on the day his wife cooks him the first filling meal of his life. They all want a bite of his turkey. He makes a deal with Death, that makes him wealthy, but later puts him in hot water with the Inquisition. Humor, irony, adventure, and philosophy. It can be compared with a wonderful B&W movie.