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Scent of Love
     

Scent of Love

by Edla Van Steen, David Sanderson George (Translator)
 

Puzzling through the contradictions of human nature in dramatic, everyday scenarios, the three stories in this collection relate the drug scene, old age in a youth-oriented culture, AIDS, and women with families and careers. Edla van Steen's stage-worthy dialogue, tight structure, and densely layered compositions are replete with striking images of human

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Puzzling through the contradictions of human nature in dramatic, everyday scenarios, the three stories in this collection relate the drug scene, old age in a youth-oriented culture, AIDS, and women with families and careers. Edla van Steen's stage-worthy dialogue, tight structure, and densely layered compositions are replete with striking images of human behavior and startling twists.

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"The fourth of Van Steen's works to be published in English, this collection richly demonstrates the variety of distinct voices and narrative styles that have distinguished the author as a literary name in Brazil."  —Publishers Weekly

"A fine collection of two imaginative stories and a prizewinning title 'novelette' from [the author]. . . . It's a terrific piece of work."  —Kirkus Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The fourth of Van Steen's (Early Mourning) works to be published in English, this collection richly demonstrates the variety of distinct voices and narrative styles that have distinguished the author as a literary name in Brazil. In the titular novella, Alice Ribas, a reporter assigned to write an obituary about a woman named Camila von Braun Albuquerque de Andrada, finds herself falling "head over heels for the character." "My recollections have never been very clear and they pop up when least expected," Alice announces at the onset, and the story unfolds in a similar manner. Despite a diverse, auxiliary cast of relatives and gossip mongers, an inspiring portrait of Camila develops. Viewed as a martyr by some and a tramp by others, Camila speaks for herself via her diary. "I think I've fulfilled my role as a mother," she writes. "I've tried to be a good citizen by alleviating the suffering of others. In my own way, I've spent my life usefully." She proves to be a woman of grace who leaves her troubled, bickering family at an uneasy peace. In "Less than the Dream," Marcela and her friend Irene chat amiably until Irene drops a bombshell about Marcela's late husband. Written in the form of various dramaturgical scenarios, "Queen of the Abyss" tells how two sisters deal with a visit from their 90-year-old father, who has shunned them for most of their lives. Originally published in Brazil in 1996, this collection won several literary awards in South America. (Dec.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A fine collection of two imaginative stories and a prizewinning title"novelette" from the Brazilian actress, cabaret singer, and little-known author of such lively other fiction as Early Mourning (1997) and A Bag of Stories (not reviewed)."Queen of the Abyss," presented in modified dramatic form (with stage directions), extracts from the situation of an elderly man's return, after several decades, to his former family a haunting lesson about the impossibility of rejecting the past. In"Less Than a Dream," the discovery of an old infidelity subjects two beleaguered extended families to a succession of unpredictable, and hilarious, life-changes. And"Scent of Love," a newswoman's reconstruction of the life of an impulsive woman revolutionary, deftly evokes the interrelatedness and complexity of sexual attraction, political allegiance, and moral relativism. It's a terrific piece of work.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781891270123
Publisher:
Latin American Literary Review Press
Publication date:
07/16/2001
Series:
Discoveries Series
Pages:
110
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.30(d)

Meet the Author

Edla Van Steen has won numerous literary prizes and has been translated into several languages. She is the author of more than 20 novels, plays, and short story collections, including A Bag of Stories, Early Mourning, and Village of the Ghost Bells.

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