Dona Barbara

Dona Barbara

Book - 2012
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Rómulo Gallegos is best known for being Venezuelas first democratically elected president. But in his native land he is equally famous as a writer responsible for one of Venezuelas literary treasures, the novel Doña Barbara . Published in 1929 and all but forgotten by Anglophone readers, Doña Barbara is one of the first examples of magical realism, laying the groundwork for later authors such as Gabriel García Márquez and Mario Vargas Llosa. Following the epic struggle between two cousins for an estate in Venezuela, Doña Barbara is an examination of the conflict between town and country, violence and intellect, male and female. Doña Barbara is a beautiful and mysterious womanrumored to be a witchwith a ferocious power over men. When her cousin Santos Luzardo returns to the plains in order to reclaim his land and cattle, he reluctantly faces off against Doña Barbara, and their battle becomes simultaneously one of violence and seduction. All of the action is set against the stunning backdrop of the Venezuelan prairie, described in loving detail. Gallegoss plains are filled with dangerous ranchers, intrepid cowboys, and damsels in distress, all broadly and vividly drawn. A masterful novel with an important role in the inception of magical realism, Doña Barbara is a suspenseful tale that blends fantasy, adventure, and romance. Hailed as zthe Bovary of the llano y by Larry McMurtry in his new foreword to this book, Doña Barbarais a magnetic and memorable heroine, who has inspired numerous adaptations on the big and small screens, including a recent television show that aired on Telemundo.
Publisher: Chicago
London : The University of Chicago Press, 2012
Edition: University of Chicago Press edition
ISBN: 9780226279206
0226279200
Characteristics: 440 pages ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Malloy, Robert
Alternative Title: Dona Barbara. English

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