CALL ME MAGDALENA by Alicia Steimberg

CALL ME MAGDALENA

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KIRKUS REVIEW

All sorts of genres are imperturbably parodied in this witty, prizewinning 1992 novel from the Argentinean author of Musicians and Watchmakers. Its frame story is a weekend getaway shared by members of an adult “Mind Control” class (they’re “learning various techniques to avoid becoming victims of modern life”); its central action a (supposed) murder mystery; its narrator-protagonist a feisty female counterpart of Melville’s Ishmael, whose fish-out-of-water status among the mind-controllers propels her into deliciously detailed memories of the battles between her Russian Jewish grandparents and Latin Catholic parents. Intricate, sensuous, and frequently hilarious: very much like a really good Luis Buñuel film. Steimberg is one of Latin America’s best writers.

Pub Date: Oct. 10th, 2001
ISBN: 0-8032-4290-5
Page count: 139pp
Publisher: Univ. of Nebraska
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15th, 2001




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