Cecilia Valdi'As or El Angel Hill / Edition 1

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Overview

Originally published in New York City in 1882, Cirilo Villaverde's novel has fascinated readers inside and outside Cuba since the late nineteenth century. In this new translation from the Spanish, a vast landscape emerges of the moral, political, and sexual depravity caused by slavery and colonialism. Set in the Havana of the 1830s, the novel introduces us to Cecilia, a beautiful light-skinned mulatta, who is being pursued by Leonardo, the son of a Spanish slave trader. Unbeknownst to the two, they are the children of the same father. Eventually Cecilia gives in to Leonardo's advances; she becomes pregnant and gives birth to a baby girl. When Leonardo, who gets bored with Cecilia, agrees to marry a white upper-class woman, Cecilia vows revenge.

Masterfully translated by Helen Lane, Cecilia Valdes opens a new window to the experience of Spanish colonialism in Cuba and the intricate problems of race relations in the Caribbean.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195143959
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/1/2005
  • Series: Library of Latin America Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 544
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Cirilo Villaverde was born in Cuba in 1812. In 1848 he was imprisoned for his role in an Anti-colonial conspiracy. In 1849 he escaped and eventually settled in New York City, where he continued his political activism against the Colonial Regime in Cuba. Cecilia Vald├ęs is his best-known work and has been translated into many languages, including Russian and Chinese. Villaverde died in exile in 1894. The late Helen Lane translated works by Mario Vargas Llosa, Juan Goytisolo, Augusto Roa Bastos, and Octavio Paz, and is the translator of Fray Servando's Memoirs and Marmol's Amalia for the Library of Latin America series. She received the PEN award for her works. Sibylle Fischer (editor) is Associate Professor of Spanish, Portuguese, and Comparative Literature at New York University. She is the author of Modernity Disavowed: Haiti and the Cultures of Slavery in the Age of Revolution.

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Table of Contents

Series Editors' General Introduction vii
Introduction xi
About This Translation xxxi
Cecilia Valdes xxxiii
Dedication xxxv
Prologue xxxvii
Notes 493
Bibliography 499
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