Litoral; short stories of the sea of Puerto Rico, by Nestor A. Rodríguez Escudero - Scarce Copy - Inscribed by TranslatorYou could pay $75.00 plus shipping at Duet Books , in Bloomington, Indiana - the only other copy we found available for sale online - or get this handsome, well-preserved copy, inscribed by the translator: Litoral; short stories of the sea of Puerto Rico , by Nestor A. Rodríguez Escudero, translated by Louise Florea Sweetman (NY: Vantage Press 1969), first edition, inscribed by translator, 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" tall blue hardbound in publisher's unclipped dust jacket (preserved in a Brodart archival sleeve), gilt lettering to spine, xi, 138pp. Covers have mild edgewear, translator inscribed message to prior owner on front pastedown. Otherwise a very good+ to near fine book in a slightly rubbed and edgeworn (with one 1/4" closed tear) but overall very good dust jacket This is a prize-winning collection of well-rendered and effective short stories about the life of the common people of Puerto Rico, and especially those who make their living from the sea. In stories distinguished by their clarity and brevity, the author portrays the lot of the Puerto Rican fisherman, sailor, beachcomber and other types of local citizens. Escudero's Litoral won first prize as the best book of 1965 in Puerto Rico. Rodriguez's stories can be compared favorably with those of such well-known American writers as Hemingway and Steinbeck for their vivid recreation of men in elemental situations. Most of Escudero's characters are caught in the age-old struggle against the sea for their means of survival. Their life is symbolized and re-created in the personage of Juan Blas - an old "sea-wolf" who narrates the first few of these tales. These and other Puerto Rican sea-stories are rounded out with a selection of the author's "Legends of Aguadilla" (the city w he lives), "Stories from Youth," "Intimate Stories," and "Historical Tales." About the author : Nestor A. Rodriguez was born in the town of Manati, Puerto Rico, and grew up in Aguadilla on the western coast. He won literature prizes in grammar and high school and took a B.A. in the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico, receiving prizes in oratory and as the best student of Spanish literature. Quotations from his writing are being used in Puerto Rican schoolbooks. Shipping - US Postal Service rates quoted below - email us for a cost quote on other desired means of delivery, or for an exact cost for combining items. Shipping is always discounted on combined purchases. For overseas orders, most books can be well padded and shipped in a postal service "flat rate" international priority mailer, which is both cost effective and expeditious. Paid orders are usually shipped no later than the following business day, and most often the same day received. We will use postal insurance upon request, at the buyer's cost, but we don't view it as a good value, particularly given how securely your merchandise is packed, and given our rather comprehensive guarantee. Just email us with any questions or concerns, and we promise to respond promptly. Just check our guarantee and the specific remarks in our 100% positive feedback to see why you can bid with confidence.