Search Results: "Presentacion Valenzuela"


BOOK REVIEW

AFTERGLOW by Presentacion Valenzuela
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 29, 2009

"Full of intrigue, adventure and romance, though herky-jerky and frustrating at times."
Valenzuela's unique coming-of-age story draws the romantic reader into a tale of abbey life, wealthy aristocrats, young love, untimely death and, ultimately, an unforgettable young girl's heart. Read full book review >

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BEDSIDE MANNERS by Luisa Valenzuela
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"A broad take on class struggle and revolution that breezes effortlessly between the bedsheets and the sheets of history."
A woman recently returned to find democracy restored in her Latin American homeland remains passively immobilized in bed at a remote country club, trying to ignore the surreal history and politics intruding into her room. Read full book review >

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SYMMETRIES by Luisa Valenzuela
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Very impressive work."
Symmetries ($14.99 paperback original; Sept.; 167 pp.; 1-85242-543-1): A 1993 collection of 19 imaginative stories by the Argentine writer (Bedside Manners, 1995; Open Door, 1988, etc. ) whose finest work picks up where her late countryman Julio Cort†zar left off. Read full book review >

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BLACK NOVEL [WITH ARGENTINES] by Luisa Valenzuela
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 29, 1992

"Awfully smug, when it isn't being just plain awful."
Valenzuela (The Lizard's Tail, 1983; Open Door, 1988) posits two Argentinian novelists here, Agustin and Roberta, both living in New York for a spell. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 9, 1991

"While many of the statements of the average Chilean Joe help to present a picture of life under the dictatorship, one wonders whether some of the comments, especially those made by Pinochet's collaborators, can be taken at face value."
Constable and Valenzuela use quotes gathered through interviews with members of every sector of Chilean society to present a varied, if somewhat superficial, view of life under the 16-year dictatorship of General Pinochet. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CLARA by Luisa Valenzuela
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2000

"Valenzuela has since done much better than this."
A new translation of the veteran Argentinian writer's early (English, 1976) tale of a dreamy teenager who drifts into prostitution. Read full book review >

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HAIRS/PELITOS by Sandra Cisneros
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 3, 1994

"Lightweight but pleasant."
Cisneros (Woman Hollering Creek, 1991, etc.) reprises a lyrical vignette from The House on Mango Street (not reviewed). Read full book review >