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The Weight of Temptation (Latin American Women Writers)

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Dystopian fantasy, political parable, morality tale—however one reads it, this novel is first and foremost pure Ana María Shua, a work of fiction like no 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 not 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 novel 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.

 

About the Author

Ana María Shuas 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 Shuas Death as a Side Effect, Alicia Steimbergs The Rainforest (Nebraska, 2006), and Call Me Magdalena (Nebraska, 2001).

Product Details

ISBN:
9780803239777
Author:
Shua, Ana Maria
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Author:
Labinger, Andrea G.
Author:
Shua, Ana Maraia
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Latin American Women Writers
Publication Date:
20121031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
200
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

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