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- DescriptionDystopian fantasy, political parable, morality tale-however one reads it, this vel is first and foremost pure Ana Maria Shua, a work of fiction like other and a dark pleasure to read. Shua, an Argentinian writer widely celebrated throughout Latin America, frames her complex drama in deceptively simple, straightforward prose. The story takes place at a fat farm called The Reeds, a nightmare world that might t exist but certainly could. The last resort of the overweight wealthy (or sponsored), The Reeds subjects its campers to extreme measures-particularly the regimented system of public humiliation imposed by its director, a glib and sharp-minded sadist called the Professor. Into the midst of this methodical madness comes Marina Rubin, who experiences all the excesses of The Reeds. The pervasive cruelty of this refined vel distances it from facile conclusions. Amid the mordant social satire, The Reeds' obese campers are far more than merely victims of the system, subjected to impossible social demands for physical perfection. Out of control, fierce, rebellious, or subjugated, they are recognizable human beings, contending with an unjust but efficient authority in their unique and solitary ways.
- Author BiographyAna Maria Shua's work Microfictions and her novel Death as a Side Effect are available from the University of Nebraska Press. Andrea G. Labinger is a professor of Spanish emerita from the University of La Verne in Southern California. Her many translations include Shua's Death as a Side Effect, Alicia Steimberg's The Rainforest (Nebraska, 2006), and Call Me Magdalena (Nebraska, 2001).
- Author(s)Ana Maria Shua
- PublisherUniversity of Nebraska Press
- Date of Publication01/10/2012
- SubjectGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Series TitleLatin American Women Writers
- Place of PublicationLincoln
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Nebraska Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight272 g
- Width3556 mm
- Height5487 mm
- Spine11 mm
- Translated byAndrea G. Labinger
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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