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An anthology of Latin American football fiction. Eleven stories, one from each country in the South American World Cup qualifying group, plus Mexico (following a precedent set by the Copa America). Idols and Underdogs includes some of the most prestigious names in Latin American literature. A hymn to the juego bonito, these short stories demonstrate, in stark contrast to its European counterpart, just how connected South American football is to its roots in the backstreets, barrios and favelas. Including Juan Viloro (Mexico), Edmundo Paz Soldan (Bolivia), Ricardo Silva Romero (Colombia), Sergio Sant'Anna (Brazil), Sergio Galarza (Peru), Selva Almada (Argentina), Carlos Abin (Uruguay), Roberto Fuentes (Chile), Miguel Higaldo Prince (Venezuela), Jose Higaldo Pallares (Ecuador), and Javier Viveros (Paraguay), this is a who's who of Latin fiction. Also contains author interviews, charting personal views on football and its intersections with politics, literature, and wider culture. Translated from Por amor a la pelota: Once cracks de la ficcion.
Shawn Stein's work has been published in Chasqui, Hispania, Revista de Literatura Mexicana and Studies in Latin American Popular Culture. Nicolas Campisi is a graduate student at Brown University.