Margarita, Esta Linda la Mar (Margartia, How Beautiful the Sea) / Edition 1

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The author poetically intertwines fact and fiction to retell modern Nicaraguan history. The opening line of a famous poem from legendary Nicaraguan poet Ruben Darío serves as the title of and the inspiration for this novel. It begins with the imaginary visit of Darío to Leon, Nicaragua, in 1907. There he writes the famous verse on the fan of a nine-year-old girl. Fifty years later, the same girl and her sister play a role in the plot to assassinate the dictator Anastasio Somoza.

"As he did in Castigo divino (1988), the great Nicaraguan novelist is fascinatingly concerned with creating a cultural context as well as recovering the intellectual templates of Central American mentalities. In 1907, when Darâio purportedly writes 'Margarita, the sea is beautiful' on a little girl's fan, and 1956, where a gathering of inexperienced, romantic intellectuals also plots to kill Anastasio Somoza, are the poles of this prize-winning novel. In between, Ramâirez subtly weaves a national master narrative that, by emphasizing the humanity rather than the myths that have sustained it, shows readers the hidden side of public figures. He manages to give a modernista, musical tinge to his language, thereby doubling the readers' attempts at deciphering its message. Fifteen years in the making, Margarita, estâa linda la mar is a masterpiece"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 58.

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Carlos Fuentes
Margarita, está linda la mar es la síntesis que un gran escritor logra entre la tragedia y la grandeza de un país al que ama hasta el punto de convertirlo en pura literatura.
El País (Madrid)
Tomas Eloy Martinez
Una novela total sobre los secretos abrazos de la ciencia, la poesía y las dictaduras. Las bellezas de Rubén Darío y los horrores de Somoza entretejen una historia absorbente e inolvidable.
Clarín (Buenos Aires)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9788420483818
  • Publisher: Santillana USA Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 4/1/1999
  • Language: Spanish
  • Series: Alfaguara Series
  • Edition description: Spanish-language Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 373
  • Product dimensions: 5.26 (w) x 8.28 (h) x 0.96 (d)

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