The micro-stories of Nery Alexis Gaitán
Shedenhelm, Laura Dee
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The literature of Honduras has received little critical attention in comparison to other Latin America literatures. This study has several parts. First, I review how Central American literature in general and Honduran literature in particular has been presented in selected reference books published since 1990. Next, I present the literary generations of Honduran authors and place them in context to other Latin American writers. Third, I review the development of the micro-story as a subgenre of Latin American narrative. Lastly, I analyze Nery Alexis Gaitán’s writing. As a member of the most recent generation of Honduran authors, Gaitán is known for his micro-stories. Therefore, after a brief bio-bibliography of the author, I analyze the micro-stories in his collection La vida menor (1990), looking for the linguistic precision and unexpected endings which are hallmarks of this format.