Sunday, December 3, 2017

El Cóndor del Machángara, by Ana Hurtado

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(Magical Realism) In a riverside village in Ecuador, a girl identifies with a mythical figure who once sought help in the river of the condor. (4,704 words; Time: 15m)

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

"," by (edited by Jane Crowley and Kate Dollarhyde), appeared in issue 11/13/17, published on .

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Pro: Ana (the real one) wants to avoid being raped by Nicolás. Ana (the myth) wants to escape from her boyfriend. Ana (the myth) makes good her escape, and the condor makes itself into “a boy who holds her like she’s the only one for him.”

 Ana (the real girl) is not so lucky—perhaps because her father kills all the condors that might have helped her. She ends up captured by Nicolás.

Con: It really unclear what all of this is supposed to mean. Even the end of the myth is obscure: was the condor really the ideal boy for her or was it just a trap?

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