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Dangerous Virtues (Hardcover): Ana Maria Moix
Dangerous Virtues (Hardcover): Ana Maria Moix

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Dangerous Virtues (Hardcover)

Ana Maria Moix; Translated by Margaret Jones

Series: European Women Writers

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A varied and accomplished collection (originally published in 1985) of five vivid stories by a Spanish feminist and surrealist, now making her English language debut, whose entrapped, dreamy characters grip the imagination powerfully. The influence of an insensitive patriarchal culture is stunningly captured in the title story's revelation of the eerie symbiosis that binds (and bonds) two distracted married women. "Once Upon a Time" amusingly speculates about the inner lives of Sleeping Beauty, Snow White and her dwarfs, and various Disney characters. And "The Dead" depicts a frustrated wife's psychic disintegration during her wedding anniversary party, in an incisive piece that's also an ingenious gloss on James Joyce's famous fiction of the same name. Brilliant work, nicely translated, from a versatile, stylish, and almost frighteningly contemporary writer. (Kirkus Reviews)
Ana Maria Moix is one of the most innovative and entertaining writers in Spain today. Her writings include children's literature, poetry, novels, and short stories; her work has been praised throughout Europe and the Americas for its stylistic innovations, witty, satiric spirit, and feminist themes and fervor. The five stories collected in "Dangerous Virtues" ("Las virtudes peligrosas"), each varying greatly in style and substance, are among Moix's most remarkable writings. The title story is a mesmerizing account of the relationship between two beautiful women who communicate only by staring at each other. "Once upon a Time" is an ironical exploration of the unhappy life of characters from fairy tales and children's rhymes. "The Naive Man" tracks an insufferable young man's downward spiral into drunkenness. Other stories in the collection include "The Problem", a comic tour de force about the troubled sexual relations between a bickering married couple, and "The Dead", the chilling self-analysis of a young wife whose thoughts reveal her weakening grasp of everyday reality. Sophisticated and unfailingly original, all of the stories are instantly accessible and absorbing. "Dangerous Virtues" is the English-language debut of this collection of stories from a fascinating contemporary writer. Margaret E. W. Jones is a professor of Spanish at the University of Kentucky and the author of "Spanish Literature: A Brief Survey" and "The Contemporary Spanish Novel". She is also the translator of Esther Tusquets' "The Same Sea as Every Summer" (Nebraska 1990) for which she won the Kayden National Translation Award.


Imprint: University of Nebraska Press
Country of origin: United States
Series: European Women Writers
Release date: June 1997
First published: July 1997
Authors: Ana Maria Moix
Translators: Margaret Jones
Dimensions: 216 x 131 x 18mm (L x W x T)
Format: Hardcover - Cloth over boards
Pages: 153
ISBN-13: 978-0-8032-3189-4
Barcode: 9780803231894
Subtitles: Spanish
Categories: Books > Fiction > General & literary fiction > Modern fiction
Books > Fiction > Special features > Short stories
LSN: 0-8032-3189-X

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