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- DescriptionA gentle maiden aunt who has been victimized for years unexpectedly retaliates through her talent for making life-sized dolls filled with honey. The Youngest Doll, based on a family anecdote, is a stunning literary expression of Rosario Ferre's feminist and social concerns. It is the premier story in a collection that was originally published in Spanish in 1976 as Papeles de Pandora and is w translated into English by the author. The daughter of a former goverr of Puerto Rico, Ferre portrays women loosening the constraints that have bound them to a patriarchal culture. Anger takes creative rather than polemical form in ten stories that started Ferre on her way to becoming a leading woman writer in Latin America. The upper-middle-class women in The Youngest Doll, mostly married to macho men, rebel against their doll-like existence or retreat into fantasy, those without money or the right skin color are even more oppressed. In terms of power and influence, these women stand in the same relation to men as Puerto Rico itself does to the United States, and Ferre stretches artistic boundaries in writing about their situation. The stories, moving from the realistic to the nightmarish, are deeply, felt, full of irony and black humor, often experimental in form. The imagery is striking: an architect dreams about a beautiful bridge that would open and close its arches like alligators making love ; a Mercedes Benz shines in the dark like a chromium rhiceros. One story, The Sleeping Beauty, is a collage of letters, anuncements, and photo captions that allows chilling conclusions to be drawn from what is t written. The collection includes Ferre's discussion of When Women Love Men, a story about a prostitute and a society lady who unite in order to survive, and one that illustrates the woman writer's art of dissembling anger through irony. In closing, she considers how her experience as a Latin American woman with ties to the United States has brought to her writing a dual cultural perspective.
- Author BiographyRosario Ferre's works include Sweet Diamond Dust and The House on the Lagoon.
- Author(s)Rosario Ferre
- PublisherUniversity of Nebraska Press
- Date of Publication01/01/1991
- SubjectShort Stories & Fiction Anthologies
- Series TitleLatin American woman writers
- Place of PublicationLincoln
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Nebraska Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight250 g
- Width3564 mm
- Height5830 mm
- Spine12 mm
- Translated byRosario Ferre
- Foreword byJean Franco
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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