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Don Victor Sobrevilla, a lovable, eccentric engineer, always dreamed of founding a paper factory in the heart of the Peruvian rain forest, and at the opening of this miraculous novel his dream has come true — until he discovers the recipe for cellophane. In a life already filled with signs and portents, the family dog suddenly begins to cough strangely. A wild little boy turns azurite blue. All at once Don Victor is overwhelmed by memories of his erotic past; his prim wife, Doña Mariana, reveals the shocking truth about her origins; the three Sobrevilla children turn their love lives upside down; the family priest blurts out a long-held secret...

A hilarious plague of truth has descended on the once well-behaved Sobrevillas, only the beginning of this brilliantly realized, generous-hearted novel. Marie Arana's style, originality, and trenchant wit will establish her as one of the most audacious talents in fiction today and Cellophane as one of the most evocative and spirited novels of the year.

Review:

"Arana, author of American Chica and editor of Washington Post Book World, revisits her native Peru with a tale as bawdy, raucous and dense as the jungle whose presence encroaches on every page. Arana's first novel depicts a family — and a country — on the fulcrum between the old ways and the new, between feudalism and revolution. At the height of the Great Depression, paper engineer Don Victor Sobrevilla pitches his small empire where the trees are — in the heart of the rain forest — constructing a highly successful paper factory and a vast hacienda, Floralinda, far from the political centers of Trujillo and Lima, linked only to the outside world by the dangerous and unpredictable Amazon. When, in 1952, Don Victor discovers the formula for cellophane, his household is afflicted with a 'plague of truth,' a compulsion to confess their most shameful histories and most hidden yearnings, to make their stories as transparent as the paper itself. When desires are laid bare, so are the conflicts that the family has kept hidden for so long, resulting in interlocking quests for power. The novel's broadly comic first half makes the story's violent culmination even more harrowing. (June 27)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"Peruvians who live in the coastal cities inherited their fear of the Amazon from the Incas, who mistrusted both the vast, impenetrable green monster of the jungle and the ever-shifting brown serpent that flows sluggishly through its heart. They built their temples and cities in the highest, driest places, free from mosquito bites and spider webs. Europeans settlers added a crude moral dimension, believing... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Review:

"Memorable fiction....Arana brings a freshness to the style that is all her own, elegant and lyrical but at the same time sparse, and no doubt enriched by a vocabulary infused with the rhythms of her two languages." The Miami Herald

Review:

"Arana's writing is both lush and funny...This is a great book." People

Review:

"Exuberant and virtuosic....Conflict takes on a teeming array of forms in Cellophane: whites versus natives, religion versus magic, feudalism versus revolution. It's a vision of the rain forest as a place where every strain of human drama grows as tangled as the encroaching vines — and in depicting this, Arana has wound her themes together with an energetic, subtly controlled wildness."San Francisco Chronicle Books

Review:

"Rich in themes, symbolism, conflict and character....It's also, for those who just want a good tale, a brilliant piece of storytelling that combines magical realism in the tradition of writers such as Gabriel Garcia Marquez with comedic looks at human foibles and misunderstandings a la Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream." The Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Review:

"Marie Arana's sumptuous, often erotic and wholly enchanting novel, Cellophane....owes a debt to the magical realism of Gabriel García Márquez and Isabel Allende....A superb example of the magic that a gifted storyteller can work with ink and paper."Los Angeles Times Book Review

Review:

"An absolutely spellbinding tale....Arana's prose is captivating, and she provides some incredibly beguiling moments." Philadelphia City Paper

Synopsis:

From noted writer and National Book Award finalist Arana comes a debut novel with all the power and grace of her acclaimed memoir, American Chica.

About the Author

Marie Arana is the editor of the Washington Post Book World. Born in Peru of a Peruvian father and an American mother, she is the author of American Chica, a finalist for the PEN-Memoir Award and the National Book Award, and a collection of columns, The Writing Life: Writers on How They Think and Work. Marie Arana lives in Washington, D.C., and Lima, Peru.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780385336659
Author:
Arana, Marie
Publisher:
Dial Press
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20070531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
8.26x5.22x1.08 in. .83 lbs.

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Product details 480 pages Dial Press - English 9780385336659 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Arana, author of American Chica and editor of Washington Post Book World, revisits her native Peru with a tale as bawdy, raucous and dense as the jungle whose presence encroaches on every page. Arana's first novel depicts a family — and a country — on the fulcrum between the old ways and the new, between feudalism and revolution. At the height of the Great Depression, paper engineer Don Victor Sobrevilla pitches his small empire where the trees are — in the heart of the rain forest — constructing a highly successful paper factory and a vast hacienda, Floralinda, far from the political centers of Trujillo and Lima, linked only to the outside world by the dangerous and unpredictable Amazon. When, in 1952, Don Victor discovers the formula for cellophane, his household is afflicted with a 'plague of truth,' a compulsion to confess their most shameful histories and most hidden yearnings, to make their stories as transparent as the paper itself. When desires are laid bare, so are the conflicts that the family has kept hidden for so long, resulting in interlocking quests for power. The novel's broadly comic first half makes the story's violent culmination even more harrowing. (June 27)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Memorable fiction....Arana brings a freshness to the style that is all her own, elegant and lyrical but at the same time sparse, and no doubt enriched by a vocabulary infused with the rhythms of her two languages."
"Review" by , "Arana's writing is both lush and funny...This is a great book."
"Review" by , "Exuberant and virtuosic....Conflict takes on a teeming array of forms in Cellophane: whites versus natives, religion versus magic, feudalism versus revolution. It's a vision of the rain forest as a place where every strain of human drama grows as tangled as the encroaching vines — and in depicting this, Arana has wound her themes together with an energetic, subtly controlled wildness."
"Review" by , "Rich in themes, symbolism, conflict and character....It's also, for those who just want a good tale, a brilliant piece of storytelling that combines magical realism in the tradition of writers such as Gabriel Garcia Marquez with comedic looks at human foibles and misunderstandings a la Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream."
"Review" by , "Marie Arana's sumptuous, often erotic and wholly enchanting novel, Cellophane....owes a debt to the magical realism of Gabriel García Márquez and Isabel Allende....A superb example of the magic that a gifted storyteller can work with ink and paper."
"Review" by , "An absolutely spellbinding tale....Arana's prose is captivating, and she provides some incredibly beguiling moments."
"Synopsis" by , From noted writer and National Book Award finalist Arana comes a debut novel with all the power and grace of her acclaimed memoir, American Chica.
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