Perspectives on the Literature and Culture of Portuguese America
Chapter 11. Canadian ‘Gees
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Later published, in English translation as Paradise on Hold (1987), Laura Bulger’s Vaivém (1986) first attracted my attention for its putative subject matter. The collection contained stories about immigration, I was told. And very good stories about immigration they turned out to be.
Yet to say only that would do a disservice to the author. For at their best her stories transcend the type and stand forth as impressive fictional accomplishments in their own right. To put it another way, there is matter in her stories to interest those looking for sociological and socio-psychological insights into recent emigrant experience, but such matter, though perhaps the very engine of the author’s work, does not in any way exhaust our interest in the stories of Vaivém as literary works.
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