WorldCat Identities

Lane, Helen R.

Works: 119 works in 446 publications in 2 languages and 25,593 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Novels  Biographies  Biographical fiction  Humorous fiction  Diaries  Autobiographies  Historical fiction  Essays 
Roles: Translator, Author, Other, Editor
Classifications: PQ8498.32.A65, 863
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Helen R Lane
Peruvian traditions by Ricardo Palma( )

11 editions published in 2004 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,149 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Peruvian author Ricardo Palma (1838-1919) was one of the most popular and imitated writers in Latin America during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. As head of the National Library in Lima, Palma had access to a rich source of historical books and manuscripts. His historical miscellanies, which he called "traditions," are witty anecdotes about conquerors, viceroys, clergymen, and other notorious characters of Peru's colonial and republican past."--Jacket
The storyteller by Mario Vargas Llosa( Book )

14 editions published between 1989 and 2001 in English and Spanish and held by 1,618 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the Publisher: At a small gallery in Florence, a Peruvian writer happens upon a photograph of a tribal storyteller deep in the jungles of the Amazon. He is overcome with the eerie sense that he knows this man-that the storyteller is not an Indian at all but an old school friend, Saul Zuratas. As recollections of Zuratas flow through his mind, the writer begins to imagine Zuratas's transformation from a modern to a central member of the unacculturated Machiguenga tribe. Weaving the mysteries of identity, storytelling, and truth, Vargas Llosa has created a spellbinding tale of one man's journey from the modern world to our origins, abandoning one in order to find meaning in both
Cecilia Valdés, or, El Angel Hill by Cirilo Villaverde( )

6 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 1,210 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cecilia Valdes is arguably the most important novel of 19th century Cuba. Originally published in New York City in 1882, Cirilo Villaverde's novel has fascinated readers inside and outside Cuba since the late 19th century. In this new English translation, a vast landscape emerges of the moral, political, and sexual depravity caused by slavery and colonialism. Set in the Havana of the 1830s, the novel introduces us to Cecilia, a beautiful light-skinned mulatta, who is being pursued by the son of a Spanish slave trader, named Leonardo. Unbeknownst to the two, they are the children of the same fa
Alternating current by Octavio Paz( Book )

9 editions published between 1973 and 2015 in English and Spanish and held by 1,200 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A key figure in the Latin American literary renaissance, Octavio Paz focuses here on literature and art, drugs, the murder of God, and ethical and political problems
The three Marias : new Portuguese letters by Maria Isabel Barreno( Book )

4 editions published between 1975 and 1976 in English and held by 1,087 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Santa Evita by Tomás Eloy Martínez( Book )

12 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and Spanish and held by 1,048 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A macabre comedy on Eva Peron's corpse--hidden, hijacked, replicated, smuggled abroad, buried, resurrected and repatriated. The protagonists include a military intelligence officer trying to identify the genuine article from the many copies in order to dispose of it. That way the Peronistas will not be able to exploit it for political ends
Present past, past present : a personal memoir by Eugène Ionesco( Book )

15 editions published between 1971 and 1998 in English and held by 1,004 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a journal Ionesco wrote first in 1940-1941, then again in 1967, commenting on the early entries with new perceptions and stories added
The perpetual orgy : Flaubert and Madame Bovary by Mario Vargas Llosa( Book )

2 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 961 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Perpetual Orgy is Mario Vargas Llosa's brilliant analysis of Gustav Flaubert's masterpiece Madame Bovary. In this remarkable book, "we not only enjoy a dazzling explication, but experience a master discoursing at the top of his form on the craft of the novel" (Robert Taylor, The Boston Globe). It is a tribute to The Perpetual Orgy that it sends the reader back to Flaubert's work with renewed interest
The memoirs of Fray Servando Teresa de Mier by José Servando Teresa de Mier Noriega y Guerra( Book )

6 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 844 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"On December 12, 1794, Fray Servando preached a sermon in Mexico City claiming that the Indies had been converted by St. Thomas long before the Spaniards arrived. Because the Spanish cited the "conversion of the heathen" as the justification of their conquest of the New World, Servando's words were deemed subversive. As a result, he was arrested by the Inquisition and exiled to Spain - only to escape and spend 10 years traveling throughout Europe, as none other than a French priest." "So began the grand adventure of Fray Servando's life, and of this gripping memoir. Here is an invitation hard for any reader to resist: a glimpse of the European "Age of Enlightenment" through the eyes of a fugitive Mexican friar. Fray Servando's account of Europe is clear-sighted, hilarious and certainly not included in the travel literature of that era. In this memoir, one sees a portrait of manners and morals that is a far cry from the 'civilized' spirit that the Empire wanted to impose on its Colonies. This book takes a look at history from an upside-down perspective, asking this question: who were the real savages, the colonizers themselves, or the supposed "savages" they were struggling to convert?"--Jacket
I, the Supreme by Augusto Roa Bastos( Book )

5 editions published between 1986 and 2018 in English and Spanish and held by 841 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the Publisher: Latin America has seen, time and again, the rise of dictators, Supreme Leaders possessed of the dream of absolute power, who sought to impose their mad visions of Perfect Order on their own people. Latin American writers, in turn, have responded with fictional portraits of such figures, and no novel of this genre is as universally esteemed as Augusto Roa Bastos's I the Supreme, a book that draws on and reimagines the career of the man who was "elected" Supreme Dictator for Life in Paraguay in 1814. By turns grotesque, comic, and strangely moving, I the Supreme is a profound meditation of the uses and abuses of power-over men, over events, over language itself
Hemingway in Spain : a personal reminiscence of Hemingway's years in Spain by his friend by José Luis Castillo Puche( Book )

7 editions published between 1974 and 1975 in English and Undetermined and held by 734 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Count Julian by Juan Goytisolo( Book )

8 editions published between 1974 and 2011 in English and held by 733 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Exiled in Tangiers, cut off from home and country, the narrator of Count Julian rants against the homeland he was forced to leave: Spain. The second novel in Juan Goytisolo's trilogy (including Marks of Identity and Juan the Landless), this story of an exiled Spaniard confronts all of Goytisolo's own worst fears about fascist Spain. The narrator identifies himself with the real Count Julian, the Great Traitor who allegedly opened the gates of Spain to an invasion of Moors and the consequent eight hundred years of Islamic Influence. For the narrator, nothing short of the total destruction of Spain and all things Spanish will be an acceptable punishment for his exile
Education and peace by Maria Montessori( Book )

8 editions published between 1972 and 2018 in English and held by 704 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lectures given by the Italian educator Maria Montessori at various times at international congresses and peace councils. mainly in the 1930's
The Olmecs : the oldest civilization in Mexico by Jacques Soustelle( Book )

4 editions published between 1984 and 1985 in English and held by 670 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Before the Aztecs, the Mayans, and the Toltecs, in what is now Mexico and parts of Central America, a society of the highest order flourished and vanished, inexplicably, into the silence of time
Aunt Julia and the scriptwriter by Mario Vargas Llosa( Book )

20 editions published between 1982 and 2007 in English and held by 659 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reality merges with fantasy in this hilarious comic novel about the world of radio soap operas and the pitfalls of forbidden passion by the bestselling author of The Storyteller. Sexy, sophisticated, older Aunt Julia, now divorced, seeks a new mate who can support her in high style. She finds instead her libidinous nephew, and their affair shocks both family and community
The double flame : love and eroticism by Octavio Paz( Book )

4 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 656 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In The Double Flame, Nobel Laureate Octavio Paz explores the intimate connection between sex, eroticism, and love - themes that have been a constant in his writing, from his first published poems to the great works of his maturity. Beginning with Plato's Symposium, he gives a short history of love and eroticism in literature throughout the ages: from the influence of the great cities Alexandria and Rome on the development of love poetry, to courtly love in Heian Japan and twelfth-century France, to love in modern novels such as Madame Bovary and Ulysses. Rich in scope, The Double Flame examines everything from taboo to repression, Carnival to Lent, Sade to Freud, Original Sin to artificial intelligence."--Jacket
On heroes and tombs by Ernesto R Sábato( Book )

7 editions published between 1981 and 2017 in English and Spanish and held by 652 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Portrays the search for a remedy to the despair caused by political repression and the struggle against a historical precedent that destroys free will in a story set in Argentina during Peron's first years
The monkey grammarian by Octavio Paz( Book )

10 editions published between 1974 and 2017 in English and held by 575 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Hanuman, the red-faced monkey chief and ninth grammarian of Hindu mythology, is the protagonist of this dazzling prose poem--a mind-journey to the temple city of Galta in India and the occation for Octavio Paz, the celebrated Mexican poet and essayist, to explore the nature of naming and knowing, time and reality, and fixity and decay."--Publisher description
The back room by Carmen Martín Gaite( Book )

5 editions published between 1983 and 2000 in English and held by 570 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The winner of Spain's 1978 National Prize for Literature, Gaite's postmodern novel interweaves dreams and fantasies with autobiography and Spanish history, resulting in a book that is complex and elusive, but more than worth the effort. The main character, partially based on the author, narrates with an artful, mystifying self-reflectiveness that would be irritating in less sure hands but that works quite magically in this multi-layered tale. The plot is deceptively simple: the protagonist (also a writer) is awakened from sleep by a male journalist who ostensibly has come to interview her about her work. The author begins to muse about her past, but is interrupted by a phone call from the journalist's female companion, who becomes an integral part of the story. At the end the writer's grown daughter awakens her mother, but it is not clear whether the interview belonged to dream, fantasy, memory or reality. Several intriguing themes run throughout: multi-dimensional time and memory, the effects of the repressive Franco regime on the Spanish middle class, and the conscious, and more mysterious, aspects of the writing process. Gaite also provides an acute analysis of the theatrical performances at the heart of male/female relations, and a touching, honest, semi-autobiographical portrait. The language in this fine translation is sensual and lucid: the tastes, smells and customs of postwar Spain are vivid, and emotions, and ideas have a dream logic that is both evocative and precise. The Back Room is the first of Gaite's novels to be translated into English
Culture and cuisine : a journey through the history of food by Jean-François Revel( Book )

3 editions published between 1982 and 1984 in English and held by 488 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

moreShow More Titles
fewerShow Fewer Titles
Audience Level
Audience Level
  Kids General Special  
Audience level: 0.34 (from 0.04 for Cecilia Va ... to 0.56 for On heroes ...)

Peruvian traditions
The storytellerCecilia Valdés, or, El Angel HillAlternating currentSanta EvitaPresent past, past present : a personal memoirThe perpetual orgy : Flaubert and Madame BovaryThe memoirs of Fray Servando Teresa de MierI, the Supreme
Alternative Names
Helen Lane aistritheoir Meiriceánach

Helen Lane American translator

Helen Lane Amerikaans taalkundige (-2004)

Helen Lane traductora estadounidense

Lane, Helen.

Lane, Helen 1917-2004

Lane, Helen R.

Lane, Helen R. 1917-2004

Lane, Helen Ruth.

هيلين لان مترجمة أمريكية


English (153)

Spanish (5)