Arte Público Press

The Eighth Continent and Other Stories


by Alba Ambert

ISBN: 978-1-55885-217-4
Category: Fiction
Published: 30 Jun 1997
Bind: Trade Paperback
Pages: 192


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This powerful and enriching collection of nine stories explores and illuminates the fusion of intimate and public dramas. Focusing on the persistence of personal memory amid political and historical upheaval, the tales in The Eighth Continent portray the impact of broad political and historical events on individual lives, success in the face of low expectations and the humor that redeems everyday struggles.

In rich evocative language, award winning author Alba Ambert invokes strong characters and demonstrates the cool detachment of modern life. Populating the stories are engrossing individuals: underground revolutionaries faced with fear of betrayal; a woman who looks back at a massacre she witnessed as a child and the wrenching consequences of this event on her life; a linguist who makes a dangerous trip to a tropical island and finds a language on the verge of extinction; and a young woman in a mental hospital who challenges our perception of truth and lies, sanity and insanity.


“Alba Ambert’s poetic voice resounds as these stories unfold revealing imaginative plots and characters who bring us humor, vulnerability, sorrow and endurance… The Eighth Continent and Other Stories is deeply human and beautifully written.”
—Nicholasa Mohr, author of A Matter of Pride and Other Stories

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