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The Iguana
     

The Iguana

by Anna Maria Ortese, Henry Martin (Translator), Henry Martin
 

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A voyaging count stumbles on a tiny, uncharted island off Portugal. Taken in by the ruling family, he is offended by the cruel treatment of a servant who at first appears to be an old woman but is actually a young iguana. PW called this dazzling work by a much acclaimed Italian writer ``a complex fabrication.'' (October)
Library Journal - Library Journal
When young Count Aleardo di Grees sails from Milan, he chances upon an uncharted island off the coast of Portugal. The island is Ocana, said to belong to the devil. Intrigued, the Count drops anchor and is welcomed by the young Portuguese marquis who lives there. That evening, dinner is served by the family's servant, Estrellita, a ``shrunken old woman'' who is actually an iguana dressed in women's clothes, her snout hidden by a dark cloth hanging from her head. The Count is fascinated by this creature, and his fascination becomes pity, obsession, even desire. Is Estrellita indeed the embodiment of evil, as the marquis seems to believe, or is she simply an innocent beast most cruelly maligned? This strange and lyric novel, first published in Italy in 1965 and winner of the prestigious Fiuggi Prize when issued there in paperback last year, has been beautifully translated. Highly recommended. Marcia G. Fuchs, Guilford Free Lib., Ct.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780914232872
Publisher:
McPherson & Company
Publication date:
12/01/1988
Edition description:
1st English language ed
Pages:
208

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