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Dreams of the Abandoned Seducer by Alicia Borinsky
Book Description'Desire, the city, and the limits of language are the subjects. Transfiguring their music into vaudeville, Alicia Borinsky...unleashes one of the most delirious novels in Latin American literature' - Tomas Eloy Martinez, author of "Santa Evita". "Dreams of the Abandoned Seducer" takes place in the new 'free market' era of personal choices and relations: a chaotic, sometimes hopeful, often comic world that has supplanted the old order of political terror and clearly demarcated ideological divides. The novel's vaudeville qualities, with characters shuffling on and off the page in rapid succession, are complemented by its exhilarating air of parody. "Dreams" draws ingeniously upon the sentimentality and ephemera of popular culture - quoting radio and TV shows, song lyrics, newspaper items, and bits of gossip - while also offering a sterner, more nuanced view of public and private relations. It is in large measure this mix of elements - 'popular' and 'high' culture, sentimentality and political understanding, vaudeville and arch satire - that makes "Dreams" an exemplary postmodern novel. Alicia Borinsky received the 1996 Latino Literature Award, given by the Institute of Latin American Writers, for "Dreams of the Abandoned Seducer". Borinsky's "Mean Woman" was published in Cola Franzen's translation by the University of Nebraska Press in 1993. Borinsky is a professor of Latin American and comparative literature at Boston University. Cola Franzen is a writer and independent translator.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780803212862
(132mm x 216mm x 23mm)
Imprint: University of Nebraska Press
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Publish Date: 1-May-1998
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Alicia Borinsky
Lost Cities Go to Paradise, Paperback (July 2015)
Composed of many layered scenes, unforgettable characters, snapshots, and vignettes, this collection of quick-witted poems and short fiction mixes deceit and conceit with moments of tenderness and the elusive nature of humanity, asking if identity is more than a festival of masks and self-invention.
One Way Tickets, Hardback (March 2011)
"Borinsky discusses the works of writers in exile, including Vladimir Nabokov, writing in English in the United States, Julio Cortazar in Paris, and Witold Gombrowicz in Buenos Aires, as well as Jorge Luis Borges, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Oscar Hijuelos, Cristina Garcia, Junot Diaz, and Clarice Lispector"--Provided by publisher.
Frivolous Women and Other Sinners / Frivolas y Pecadoras, Hardback (June 2009)
A collection of poems that invites readers to visit the darker and lighter sides of laughter and love and feel the tenderness of recovered memories as they cross the bridges of relationships and stroll down the mysterious streets of childhood.
Dreams of the Abandoned Seducer, Paperback (May 1998)» View all books by Alicia Borinsky
A novel that takes place in the new 'free market' era of personal choices and relations: a chaotic, sometimes hopeful, often comic world that has supplanted the old order of political terror and clearly demarcated ideological divides. It draws upon the sentimentality and ephemera of popular culture.
US Kirkus Review » A fragmented portrayal of woman's nature and fate in contemporary Buenos Aires, composed of skillfully juxtaposed short narratives, monologues, and dialogues (including telephone conversations, song lyrics, and radio and TV soundbites - a kind of politically grounded Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown). Borinsky contrives some arresting sequences (such as the experience of a teenage stripper who performs for gay males), but her flamboyant vignettes featuring women who outwit their male oppressors and abusers soon sag into redundancy. The book has its feisty charms, but general readers should be forewarned that it operates out on the farthest reaches of feminist postmodernism, and that anyone who can't follow it there probably won't be able to follow it at all. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Alicia Borinsky
Alicia Borinsky received the 1996 Latino Literature Award, given by the Institute of Latin American Writers, for" Dreams of the Abandoned Seducer." Borinsky's "Mean Woman" was published in Cola Franzen's translation by the University of Nebraska Press in 1993. Borinsky is a professor of Latin American and comparative literature at Boston University. Cola Franzen is a writer and independent translator.
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