'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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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 MeanWoman 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."