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Co-author of East of Tiffany's, 13 short stories of a Latino immigrant's success in USA; a journey from West Harlem to Sutton Place and Park Avenue. Check out the reviews in Amazon.com and in Barnes and Noble.

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My best sellers are my translations of La Dame aux Camelias and Madam Bovary

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All my books are now in NOOK

Ideas About the Novel is a prophetic book that all writers must own.

Ideas About the Novel by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99


Next to Cervantes, Benito Perez Galdos is the most beloved Spanish writer of all times.

Torquemada at the Stake by Perez Galdos- my translation $0.99

Lazarillo of Tormes - my translation $0.99
Read it in contemporary English -- No Thous, Thees, or King James' Bible language. Transliterated into easy language for enjoyable reading pleasure. Because The Lazarillo of Tormes pointed a new direction, European and American literature benefited with titles that today are considered classics: Cervantes’ Rinconete and Cortadillo; Daniel Defoe’s Moll Flanders, Henry Fielding’s Tom Jones and Joseph Andrews; Tobias Smollett’s Roderick Random, and Peregrine Pickle; Voltaire’s Candide; Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield. And many others to include American works ranging from Mark Twain to Saul Bellow.

Dehumanization of Art by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99
The Dehumanization of Art— is now a constant in music, literature, aesthetics, and philosophy, having come to mean that in post-modern times human-shaped mimesis (representation of the human) is irrelevant to art. According to Ortega, the arts don't have to tell a human story; art should deal with its own forms—and not with the human form.

Sentence Openers
How writers open their sentences makes prose agile, interesting, and athletic. This e-book teaches how to break the pattern Subject-verb-object--and discard openings that begin with nouns, articles, and pronouns.

East of Tiffany's - bestseller $5
With the city as its backdrop "East of Tiffany's" is filled with earnest tales of love, loss, faith, success and morality. While business terminology is interwoven throughout these short stories, it's not business lessons that I take away with me, but life lessons. The circumstances and the characters' profound humanity are relatable despite their zip code . "Luke, Postmodern Man" offers a new vista into faith, suffering, and love of neighbor. Way after you read this book you'll find yourself thinking about the various characters throughout the series of stories and will find solace in their unwavering faith. The narrators' ability to reflect on their hardships with such serenity is inspiring.



My writing was as flat as a sidewalk. And then I downloaded ...

Mary Duffy's Toolbox for Writers
After I purchased Mary's e-book I started to get 'A's in my essays and term papers! Every page is filled with great writing tips, training lessons, and wonderful useful writing skills! Not only do I write essays for college, but also short stories!
--IVONNIE Indrawan
College student
Sentence Openers on KINDLE

Sentence Openers on NOOK













All my books are now in KINDLE


Ideas About the Novel by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99
Torquemada at the Stake by Perez Galdos- my translation $0.99
Lazarillo of Tormes - my translation $0.99
Dehumanization of Art by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99
Sentence Openers
East of Tiffany's - bestseller $5


The most beloved short story from Spanish literature
All my books are in NOOK $0.99 or in Amazon KINDLE $0.99








All my books are now in NOOK

Ideas About the Novel is a prophetic book that all writers must own.
Ideas About the Novel by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99

Next to Cervantes, Benito Perez Galdos is the most beloved Spanish writer of all times.

Torquemada at the Stake by Perez Galdos- my translation $0.99

Lazarillo of Tormes - my translation $0.99
Read it in contemporary English -- No Thous, Thees, or King James' Bible language.

Dehumanization of Art by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99
The Dehumanization of Art— is now a constant in music, literature, aesthetics, and philosophy, having come to mean that in post-modern times human-shaped mimesis (representation of the human) is irrelevant to art.

Sentence Openers
How writers open their sentences makes prose agile, interesting, and athletic.

East of Tiffany's - bestseller $5
With the city as its backdrop "East of Tiffany's" is filled with earnest tales of love, loss, faith, success and morality.



My writing was as flat as a sidewalk. And then I downloaded ...

Mary Duffy's Toolbox for Writers
After I purchased Mary's e-book I started to get 'A's in my essays and term papers!
--Ivonnie Indrawan
College student
Sentence Openers on KINDLE

Sentence Openers on NOOK





Available in KINDLE $0.99


Available in KINDLE $0.99

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Becoming a Writer: Roland Barthes

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How to Become a Writer like Barthes:

The best way to become a writer is knowing that there is no single way, but many ways. Here's one way (from the top of my list): Write every day.

Brief autobiography of Roland Barthes

Roland Barthes (1951 – 1980) was born in Cherbough, Manche, moving with his mother to Bayonne after his father’s death in 1916. In 1924 they again moved, but this time to Paris, where Barthes attended the Lycée Montaigne and Lycée Louis-le-Grand. At the Sorbonne Barthes studied classical literature, Greek tragedy, grammar and philology, majoring in in classical literature in 1939.
After teaching French in Romania and Egypt he was hired by the Centre National de Recherche Scientifique. Later he became a professor at the College de France until his death.

Major works

In his collection of essays, Mythologies, he turned his quirky persona to an assortment of topics ranging from wrestling to car ads and on to the face of Garbo, seeking to decode the subtle messages with which common people are bombarded on a daily basis. In other words, he put his magnifying glass to the nascent pop culture. Though not a Marxist, his articles were fraught with a critique of bourgeois consciousness as implanted by the dominant classes of business people and industrialists.  

In A Lover's Discourse (1978) his narrative meanders aimlessly —apparently— observing and decoding the ambiguous signs of love. Although we pay lip service —he sustained— to the language of love, there’s no institution that takes this language seriously. So he stitched together a series of brief articles that though disparate on first impression, they may be read with pleasure.

S/Z (1970) is a surgical analysis of Balzac’s novella Sarrasin. From the novel as a whole, he dismembered into more than 500 observable organs, and to which he applied his analytical  invention, the five codes for interpretation: actional, hermeneutic, semic, symbolic and referential.

As one of the leaders of the Structuralist movement, he obliterated the author as it was commonly understood. In The Pleasure of the Text (1973) Barthes performs a newer acrobatics with language by disconcerting and traumatizing readers hitherto accustomed to their old ways of reading. By attacking conformism and the status quo, he wanted to channel literature, reading, and writing into a pleasurable activity that was free from old preconceptions.

Style and influence of Roland Barthes

Because of his unorthodox and seductive style, Barthes’ books were well received. Of all the
French structuralists and deconstructionists that sprouted in decades of the sixties and seventies, he was the most respected and influential. Perhaps most of his charisma derived from his own humble admission that he was only a plain writer—not a philosopher or a serious scholar.

To become a writer I write essays every day. Since English is my second language, in writing essays I consult Mary Duffy's Sentence Openers. When I write fiction --or fiction writing of novels and short stories-- I consult Toolbox for Writers.

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