DOÑA BÁRBARA

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Publication Date: 
August 1, 2020
Format: 
Paperback
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Trim Size: 
7.9in. x 5.1in. x 0.9in.
ISBN: 
9780593310731
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En la parte más desierta y bravía del cajón del Arauca estaba situado el hato de Altamira, primitivamente unas doscientas leguas de sabanas feraces que alimentaban la hacienda más numerosa que por aquellas soledades pacía y donde se encontraban uno de los más ricos garceros de la región."Pues esta es la historia que se cuenta en Doña Bárbara: la del hato Altamira, el más grande del Cajón del Arauca, herencia de los hermanos José y Panchita Luzardo [...] Este agujero negro del monte, ciénaga irresoluble en las letras de un documento, es también una suerte de Aleph de la llanura venezolana. Grado cero del paisaje que contiene la esencia del vasto territorio que Lorenzo Barquero, el desgraciado hijo de Panchita, bautizará como 'la devoradora de hombres'. Con ambigüedad deliberada, la novela traza el paralelismo entre la llanura y Doña Bárbara, quien también es conocida con el mismo sobrenombre. [...] Como un avatar del tremedal motivo del litigio, Doña Bárbara ha ido extendiendo sus dominios cual si la llanura hubiera acordado con ella castigar la codicia y desidia de los dueños legítimos. Es aquí donde Santos Luzardo, joven abogado de la ciudad, hace su entrada en el escenario de la infancia para establecer en esas tierras salvajes el imperio de la ley y recuperar lo que le pertenece." -Rodrigo Blanco Calderón ENGLISH DESCRIPTIONRómulo Gallegos is best known for being Venezuela's first democratically elected president. But in his native land he is equally famous as a writer responsible for one of Venezuela's literary treasures, the novel Doña Barbara. Published in 1929 and all but forgotten by Anglophone readers, Doña Barbara is one of the first examples of magical realism, laying the groundwork for later authors such as Gabriel García Márquez and Mario Vargas Llosa. Following the epic struggle between two cousins for an estate in Venezuela, Doña Barbara is an examination of the conflict between town and country, violence and intellect, male and female. Doña Barbara is a beautiful and mysterious woman--rumored to be a witch--with a ferocious power over men. When her cousin Santos Luzardo returns to the plains in order to reclaim his land and cattle, he reluctantly faces off against Doña Barbara, and their battle becomes simultaneously one of violence and seduction. All of the action is set against the stunning backdrop of the Venezuelan prairie, described in loving detail. Gallegos's plains are filled with dangerous ranchers, intrepid cowboys, and damsels in distress, all broadly and vividly drawn. A masterful novel with an important role in the inception of magical realism, Doña Barbara is a suspenseful tale that blends fantasy, adventure, and romance. Hailed as "the Bovary of the llano" by Larry McMurtry in his new foreword to this book, Doña Barbarais a magnetic and memorable heroine, who has inspired numerous adaptations on the big and small screens, including a recent television show that aired on Telemundo.
Publisher: 
Vintage Espanol
$16.95
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