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Literature and Oral Tradition from Guatemala

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Novels

BY GASPAR PEDRO GONZÁLEZ:

El 13 B'aktun: La nueva era 20012 (El fin del ciclo desde la óptica maya contemporánea)
by Gaspar Pedro González

Cast in the form of an extended dialogue, this new work by the distinguished Q'anjob'al novelist, poet, and scholar explains the Mayan B'aktun calendar cycle that will conclude its round in the Gregorian calendar year 2012. Ranging across topics in Mayan cosmovision and cultural values, the work begins with a recapitulation of Mayan creation accounts. It touches on comparative prophecy and ceremonial observance, all the while disputing the erroneous interpretations given to Mayan calendric cycles by non-Mayas for their own purposes (e.g., recent film versions!). This is an essential work for all those seeking a Mayan perspective on this popular topic. In Spanish. (An English edition is expected in 2008.)

Published privately, 2006; $13.00
ISBN 99922-2-331-6

LA OTRA CARA (3rd edition, 2nd edition)
SB'EYB'AL JUN NAQ MAYA' Q'ANJOB'AL / LA OTRA CARA
(bilingual Edition)

Spanish and bilingual Q'anjob'al-Spanish editions of the acclaimed novel by a Q'anjob'al Maya writer and scholar. The first Mayan novel to appear in a Mayan language, it tells the life story of a Q'anjob'al man growing up in troubling times. Rich in psychological and ethnographic detail.

bilingual edition - $15.00
Spanish edition - $13.00

Stories and Tales

ORAL TRADITION BY MULTIPLE AUTHORS:

These story collections in bilingual editions provide leisure reading as well as insight into traditional Mayan culture. Representing three different Mayan language areas, these small books are suitable as textbooks for English or Spanish courses or as cultural references for those working with Mayan communities in the United States or with Guatemalan adoptive children.

CUENTOS MIGUELEÑOS / LK'TI' YU NAJ PEL MEKEL ANA (bilingual Akateko-Spanish) $10.00

NAWALIN TAQ TZIIJ / TRADICIÓN ORAL TZ'TUJIIL (bilingual Tz'utujil-Spanish; Cholsamaj) $10.00

CUENTOS de SAN PEDRO SOLOMA / LK'TI' YET TZ'ULIMA' (bilingual Q'anjob'al-Spanish) $10.00

STORY COLLECTIONS BY INDIVIDUAL AUTHORS:

LA PUERTA DEL CIELO Y OTRAS PUERTAS
by Luis de Lión

During his lifetime, the activist and poet Luis de Lión published two short story collections, now long out of print. This tiny book makes newly available some of his most haunting stories. In Spanish.

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Poetry

BY GASPAR PEDRO GONZÁLEZ:

THE DRY SEASON; Q'ANJOB'AL MAYA POEMS

A collection of poems in Q'anjob'al and English by the author of La otra cara and other works published by the Yax Te' Foundation, including Sq'anej maya, the original edition in Spanish and Q'anjob'al. Printed on facing pages, the poems cover a wide variety of themes: nature, love, religious and cosmological topics, fantasy, nostalgia, Maya self-affirmation, philosophy and others. Translation by R. McKenna Brown. Published by Cleveland State University Poetry Center.

93 pp. 2001 $14.00
ISBN 1-880834-53-7

SQ'ANEJ MAYA' / PALABRAS MAYAS (bilingual Q'anjob'al and Spanish)
$10.00

HUMBERTO AK'ABAL POETRY COLLECTIONS:

Humberto Ak'abal is one of Guatemala's most noted poets. A K'iche' Maya from Momostenango, Ak'abal's poems are deceptively brief. Accessible to younger readers for their imaginative naturalism, they are rewarding to everyone for their profound cultural grounding and universal themes. While his work is generally published in bilingual K'iche' and Spanish editions, we are also able to offer a collection in English translation.

GRITO

Cholsamaj, 2004 $5.00

CH'ANALIK

Guatemala:Cholsamaj, 2004 $5.00

AQAJTZIJ; PALABRA MIEL

147 pp. 3 1/2 x 5" Cholsamaj 2001 $5.00
ISBN 99922-56-46-X

POEMS I BROUGHT DOWN FROM THE MOUNTAIN

$13.00

BY OTHER POETS:

Q'ANIL: EL HOMBRE RAYO: Una Leyenda de Jacaltenango / KOMAM Q'ANIL: YA' K'UH WINAJ (bilingual Popti'-Spanish)
by Victor D. Montejo

The Jakatek (Popti') epic as rendered by the well-known writer and activist. Includes an extensive introduction and detailed cultural and linguistic notes.
$10.00

RAÍCES DE ESPERANZA / TZETET B'AY XHKAWXI KO K'UL (bilingual Popti'-Spanish)
by Santos Alfredo García Domingo

RUB'IS JUN MAYAB' / TRISTEZA DE UN MAYA (PLFM; bilingual Kaqchikel-Spanish)
by Juan Yool G.

P RPAQNAAL J'ON RI'IIL / EN DOLORES, EL AMOR (PLFM; bilingual Tz'utujiil-Spanish)
by Pedro Mendoza Ixbalan


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Literary Analysis

LOS TIPOS DEL CUENTO FOLKLÓRICO: UNA CLASIFICACIÓN
by Antti Aarne and Stith Thompson

The well-known classification of the world's folktales, the standard system used by thousands of folklorists ever since the first edition in German in 1910 (and in the translator's The Mayan Folktale - see below), now in Spanish. The plot of each tale type is summarized, and often analyzed in great detail, usually with cross-references to Thompson's Motif-Index of Folk Literature. Translation by Fernando Peñalosa. Published by Suomalainen Tiedeakatemia (Finnish Academy of Sciences).

359 pp. 1995
hard cover $25.00
soft cover $15.00
ISBN 951-41-0773-X

POPOL VUH (Tedlock's revised exition, 1996)

LITERATURA INDÍGENA DE AMÉRICA: SEGUNDO CONGRESO

Papers read at the Second Congress of Indigenous Literature of the Americas in Guatemala City in July, 2000. Contents address all aspects of the topic, with many literary examples. Most papers are by indigenous writers and scholars, especially Mayas. In Spanish.

293 pp. Asociación Cultural B'eyb'al 2001 $13.00

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Novels and Stories by non-Maya Writers (inventory reduction)

EL ÚLTIMO KATÚN
by Carlos René Garcia Escobar
$5.00

LOS DÍAS DE LA SELVA
by Mario Payeras
$10.00

ENTRE LA PIERDRA Y LA CRUZ
by Mario Monteforte Toledo
$15.00

EN LA MIRILLA DEL JAGUAR
by Margarita Carrera
$15.00

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