Memories of Altagracia

Author:   Salvador Garmendia ,  Jeremy Munday
Publisher:   Peter Owen Publishers
ISBN:  

9780720610369


Pages:   160
Publication Date:   01 September 1998
Format:   Hardback
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From one of Venezuela's leading writers, Memories of Altagracia depicts the eccentricities of rural life through the eyes of a small boy. Garmenida's luminous prose reflects the wonder of this world, a world that becomes increasingly harsh as childhood slips by.

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Author:   Salvador Garmendia ,  Jeremy Munday
Publisher:   Peter Owen Publishers
Imprint:   Peter Owen Publishers
Dimensions:   Width: 13.80cm , Height: 1.80cm , Length: 21.60cm
Weight:   0.500kg
ISBN:  

9780720610369


ISBN 10:   0720610362
Pages:   160
Publication Date:   01 September 1998
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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Colorful characterizations and haunting anthropomorphic imagery are the distinguishing features of this enticing 1973 novel from one of Venezuela's best-known writers. In an initially disturbing inversion of Christ's temptation on the mountaintop by Satan, a sheltered little boy named Salvador (who is, transparently, the author) is taken in tow by a crippled goatherd, Marinferinfero (!), who shows him the complex topography and human variety of the town (fictional Altagracia) whose raucous plenitude quickly ensnares the boy's imagination. It's undoubtedly an allegory of the artist's need to comprehend, then move beyond, his origins. But Garmendia fills the story with such a volatile mix of comic eccentricity (a trio of mad spinsters and a bicycle-riding spiritualist are typical) and intimations of sexual and other dangers that Salvador's education becomes a stunning Dantesque journey from innocence through experience. Here's hoping more of Garmendia's fiction makes its way into English translation soon. (Kirkus Reviews)


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