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Durán, Armando

Works: 36 works in 140 publications in 2 languages and 3,046 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Biography  Musical fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Historical fiction  Juvenile works  Romance fiction  Novels  Magic realist fiction 
Roles: Narrator, Author, Translator
Classifications: PQ8098.12.O38, 863.64
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Armando Durán
Beautiful Maria of my soul by Oscar Hijuelos( Recording )

12 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 480 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

She's the great Cuban beauty who stole musician Nestor Castillo's heart and broke it, inspiring him to write the Mambo Kings' biggest hit, "Beautiful Maria of My Soul." Now in her sixties and living in Miami with her pediatrician daughter, Teresa, Maria remains a beauty, still capable of turning heads. But she has never forgotten Nestor, and as she thinks back to her days - and nights - in Havana, an entirely new perspective on the Mambo Kings story unfolds
Estructura y técnicas de la novela sentimental y caballeresca by Armando Durán( Book )

15 editions published in 1973 in Spanish and English and held by 449 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The savage detectives : a novel by Roberto Bolaño( )

8 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 373 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

New Year's Eve, 1975: Arturo Belano and Ulises Lima, founders of the visceral realist movement in poetry, leave Mexico City in a borrowed white Impala. Their quest: To track down the obscure, vanished poet Cesarea Tinajero. A violent showdown in the Sonora desert turns search to flight; twenty years later Belano and Lima are still on the run
Love in the time of cholera by Gabriel García Márquez( Recording )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 309 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In their youth, Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza fall passionately in love. When Fermina eventually chooses to marry a wealthy, well-born doctor, Florentino is devastated, but he is a romantic. As he rises in his business career, he whiles away the years in 622 affairs--yet he reserves his heart for Fermina. Her husband dies at last, and Florentino purposefully attends the funeral. Fifty years, nine months, and four days after he first declared his love for Fermina, he does so again
Somebody : the reckless life and remarkable career of Marlon Brando by Stefan Kanfer( Recording )

13 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 272 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Interweaves Marlon Brando's tumultuous personal life with his remarkable acting career to document the actor's troubled childhood, stage and film work, often contradictory attitude toward his craft, and the tragedies that marked his final years
Dark dude by Oscar Hijuelos( Recording )

15 editions published between 2008 and 2011 in English and held by 268 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the 1960s, Rico Fuentes, a pale-skinned Cuban American teenager, abandons drug-infested New York City for the picket fence and apple pie world of Wisconsin, only to discover that he still feels like an outsider and that violent and judgmental people can be found even in the wholesome Midwest
Che Guevara : [a revolutionary life] by Jon Lee Anderson( )

12 editions published between 2008 and 2011 in English and held by 263 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The life of the most storied revolutionary, Che Guevara, raised in a middle-class, Argentinean family, wjho grew up to be the world's most loved and feared revolutionary leader. From the Cuban revolution, to Africa and Bolivia, Anderson reveals the relatively unknown facts of Guevara's life and explains why Guevara is still considered both a hero and a villain today
Greasing the piñata by Tim Maleeny( )

13 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 146 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When her father, a former U.S. senator, and brother vanish, only to turn up dead on a Mexican golf course with body parts missing, the senator's estranged daughter Rebecca hires P.I. Cape Weathers to uncover the truth
Woes of the true policeman : a novel by Roberto Bolaño( Recording )

5 editions published between 2012 and 2015 in English and held by 101 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Follows Amalfitano, exiled Chilean university professor and widower with a teenage daughter, as his political disillusionment and love of poetry lead to the scandal that will force him to flee from Barcelona and take him to Santa Teresa, Mexico. It is here, in this border town, that Amalfitano meets Arcimboldi, a magician and writer whose work highlights the provisional and fragile nature of literature and life
Contracorriente : relatos by Armando Durán( Book )

6 editions published in 1969 in Spanish and held by 48 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"I am a man" : Chief Standing Bear's journey for justice by Joe Starita( Recording )

3 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 41 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1877, Chief Standing Bear's Ponca Indian tribe was forcibly removed from their Nebraska homeland and marched to Oklahoma-known then as Indian Territory-in what became the tribe's own Trail of Tears. "I Am a Man" chronicles what happened when Standing Bear set off on a six-hundred-mile walk to return the body of his only son to their traditional burial grounds.Along the way, it examines the complex relationship between the United States government and the small, peaceful tribe and the legal consequences of land swaps and broken treaties, while never losing sight of the heartbreaking journey the Ponca endured. It is an account of people left for dead who survived injustice, disease, neglect, starvation, humiliation, and termination. On another level, it is a story of life and death, despair and fortitude, freedom and patriotism; a story of Christian kindness and bureaucratic evil; a story of hope, of a people still among us today, painstakingly preserving a cultural identity that had sustained them for centuries before their encounter with Lewis and Clark in the fall of 1804.Before it ends, Standing Bear's long journey home also explores fundamental issues of citizenship, constitutional protection, cultural identity, and the nature of democracy-issues that continue to resonate loudly in twenty-first-century America. It is a story that questions whether native sovereignty, tribal-based societies, and cultural survival are compatible with American democracy.Standing Bear successfully used habeas corpus, the only liberty included in the original text of the Constitution, to gain access to a federal court and ultimately his freedom. This account aptly illuminates how the nation's delicate system of checks and balances worked almost exactly as the Founding Fathers envisioned, a system arguably out of whack and under siege today
Viva la revolución! y otros textos banales by Armando Durán( Book )

3 editions published in 1978 in Spanish and held by 38 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Venezuela en llamas by Armando Durán( Book )

4 editions published in 2004 in Spanish and held by 38 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Spoils by Brian Van Reet( Recording )

1 edition published in 2017 in English and held by 36 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Brian Van Reet transports listeners to Fallujah during the Iraq War, where he depicts a few short weeks in the lives of three people involved in the war in drastically different ways. Cassandra, an American soldier, is captured from her artillery unit during a firefight and forced to endure a brutal captivity as a POW. Abu al-Hool is a fierce mujahideen, a veteran of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and Chechnya, whose power is being eroded by the next wave of super-radicalized jihadists, those brutal enough to behead their prisoners and circulate the video to the world. Finally, there is Sleed, a young soldier haunted by the knowledge that he was searching one of Saddam₂s palaces for a gold-toilet-seat souvenir as his fellow soldiers were ambushed
Diario del año de la nada by Armando Durán( Book )

1 edition published in 2007 in Spanish and held by 26 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Polish boxer by Eduardo Halfon( Recording )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 26 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Polish boxer covers a vast landscape of human experience while enfolding a search for origins. Drawn to what lies beyond the range of reason, they all reach for the beautiful and fleeting, whether through humor, music, poetry, or unspoken words
Love poems by Pablo Neruda( Recording )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sensual, earthy love poems that formed the basis for the popular movie Il Postino, now in a beautiful gift book perfect for weddings, Valentine's Day, anniversaries, or just to say "I love you!"Charged with sensuality and passion, Pablo Neruda's love poems are the most celebrated of the Nobel Prize winner's oeuvre, captivating readers with earthbound images and reveling in a fiery reimagining of the world. Mostly written on the island paradise of Capri (the idyllic setting of the Oscar-winning movie Il Postino), Love Poems embraces the seascapes surrounding the poet and his love, Matilde Urrutia, their waves and shores saturated with a new, yearning eroticism
2666 by Roberto Bolaño( Recording )

4 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Composed in the last years of Roberto Bolano's life, 2666 was greeted across Europe and Latin America as his most brilliant achievement, surpassing even his previous work in its strange beauty, daring experimentation, and epic scope. The book's subject matter ranges from the heady heights of literature and love to the gritty realism of violence and death as it explores how humans make sense of senseless events. Its throng of unforgettable characters includes academics and convicts, writers and cops, pursuing their own separate yet interrelated quests for meaning: an enigmatic Prussian novelist who disappears from the public eye after the death of his lover; a group of literary critics who bond through their shared love of the novelist's works; an African American journalist sent to Mexico on a sports beat in the wake of his mother's death; and a Spanish professor and widowed father whose mind is beginning to lose its grip on reality. Their lives intersect in the urban sprawl of Santa Teresa, a fictional Juarez on the US-Mexico border, where the serial killings of hundreds of young working class women remain unsolved
Ithaca : a novel based on Homer's Odyssey by Patrick Dillon( )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the tumultuous aftermath of the Trojan War, a young man battles to save his home and his inheritance. Setting out to find his father, he ends up discovering himself.Telemachus' father, Odysseus, went off to war before he was born ... and never came back. Aged sixteen, Telemachus finds himself abandoned, his father's house overrun with men pursuing his beautiful mother, Penelope, and devouring the family's wealth. He determines to leave Ithaca, his island home, and find the truth. What really happened to his father? Was Odysseus killed on his journey home from the war? Or might he, one day, return to take his revenge?Telemachus' journey takes him across the landscape of Bronze-Age Greece in the aftermath of the great Trojan war. Veterans hide out in the hills. Chieftains, scarred by war, hoard their treasure in luxurious palaces. Ithaca retells Homer's famous poem The Odyssey from the point of view of Odysseus' resourceful and troubled son, describing Odysseus' extraordinary voyage from Troy to the gates of hell, and Telemachus' own journey from boyhood to the desperate struggle that wins back his home ... and his father
Zama by Antonio Di Benedetto( )

2 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Written in a style that is both precise and sumptuous, weirdly archaic and powerfully novel, Zama takes place in the last decade of the eighteenth century and describes the solitary, suspended existence of Don Diego de Zama, a highly placed servant of the Spanish crown who has been posted to Asuncio?n, the capital of remote Paraguay. There, eaten up by pride, lust, petty grudges, and paranoid fantasies, he does as little as he possibly can while plotting his eventual transfer to Buenos Aires, where everything about his hopeless existence will, he is confident, be miraculously transformed and made good.Don Diego's slow, nightmarish slide into the abyss is not just a tale of one man's perdition but an exploration of existential, and very American, loneliness. Zama, with its stark dreamlike prose and spare imagery, is at once dense and unforeseen, terse and fateful, marked throughout by a haunting movement between sentences, paragraphs, and sections, so that every word seems to emerge from an ocean of things left unsaid. The philosophical depths of this great book spring directly from its dazzling prose
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The savage detectives : a novelSomebody : the reckless life and remarkable career of Marlon BrandoDark dudeChe Guevara : [a revolutionary life]Greasing the piñata2666