"With this new series by Oxford University Press, the library of Latin America is literally open to North Americans and English speakers everywhere."-Julia Alvarez (on the series) "With the Library of Latin America, Oxford has opened up a new fronteir that may prove as exciting and enigmatic as the continent itself."-The Herald, South Carolina (on the series)
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These two novellas are written in the costumbrista style, made popular in the mid-19th century by the periodical press in which these sketches of contemporary manners were first published. The stories are a sensitive reflection of the effects of modernization brought by an authoritarian regime.