Originally published in 1889, and presented here for the first time in an unbowdlerized translation, this passionate...

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BIRDS WITHOUT A NEST

Originally published in 1889, and presented here for the first time in an unbowdlerized translation, this passionate near-documentary novel anticipates such later (and better) writers as Rosario Castellanos and Mario Vargas Llosa in its criticism of the longstanding political and religious persecution of Peru's Andean Indians. Matto (1852-1909), who was also a successful newspaper editor, is a strident and accusatory writer, for whom all men are exploiters of women and all ""masters"" are morally inferior to their ""servants."" Her work has vigor and in its time contributed to the correction of old, intolerable injustices. But it isn't art, and it's a slow and arduous read.

Pub Date: Nov. 1, 1996

ISBN: 1163689033

Page Count: 208

Publisher: Univ. of Texas

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15, 1996