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Noche Buena: Hispanic American Christmas Stories

Noche Buena: Hispanic American Christmas Stories (Hardback)

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A family seated round the fireplace Singing and making merry; A sprightly waltz played with grace Noche Buena brings us all the magic of the Christmas season as seen through the eyes of the Hispanic Americans who celebrate it. Christmas is at times a universal story, and many of the images here are recognizable across cultures. We hear and see proud, joyful singing; the adoration of the Infant Jesus; and the peaceful strains of Adeste Fidelis. But here as well are the rich traditions and legends specific to the Hispanic culture, such as the celebration of the posadas for nine nights leading up to Christmas, with candy raining down from colorful swinging pinatas, egg shells filled with confetti, and beautiful paper lanterns crafted to illuminate the town on Christmas Eve. There is the "Legend of the Poinsettia" where a poor child embarrassed by the modesty of his gift for the Christ Child sheds tears on the dull green leaves of the familiar plant, thereby miraculously

Essays & WritingEssays & JournalismFiction & PoetryShort stories Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc Publication Date: 16/11/2000 ISBN-13: 9780195135275  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
Availability: Printed to order. Despatched in 2-3 weeks.  

Nicolas Kanellos is the first Brown Foundation Professor of Spanish at the University of Houston, founding publisher of the noted Hispanic literary journal The Americas Review, and a founder of the nation's oldest and most esteemed Hispanic publishing house, Arte Publico Press.

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