Tomorrow I'll Say, Enough

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A widowed Buenos Aires artist celebrates her 49th birthday by spending the summer alone in a remote seaside village to escape social pressures and her restrictive family. With humor and irony, she describes the incessant visits by her three daughters and their emotional and financial demands. Prompted by her time of reflection as well as the periods of interruption, she makes several important decisions about her future.

"First long work in English by the Argentine Bullrich, published as Maänana...

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Overview

A widowed Buenos Aires artist celebrates her 49th birthday by spending the summer alone in a remote seaside village to escape social pressures and her restrictive family. With humor and irony, she describes the incessant visits by her three daughters and their emotional and financial demands. Prompted by her time of reflection as well as the periods of interruption, she makes several important decisions about her future.

"First long work in English by the Argentine Bullrich, published as Maänana digo basta (1968). Diary format follows a woman's summer spent alone following her 49th birthday, with reflections on women's roles, art, love, and family. Somewhat dated discussion of lesbianism and sexuality. Competent translation. Short biography of author on back cover. Interesting for classroom use"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 58.

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"Gentle, and mature, this is a smart story of a woman able to challenge her fomer social mores and form a new community."  —Publishers Weekly
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Melodramatic title aside, this is a quiet, intelligent account of an educated Argentinian woman and her struggle towards self-discovery. Alejandra, a painter and critic, decides to spend the summer of her 49th birthday at the isolated La Paloma resort rather than the trendy Punta del Este. In solitude, she hopes to find inner peace and to mentally prepare for the onset of "old age." But she is a diplomat's daughter, a naval officer's widow, mother of three, a grandmother, and her daughters won't let her forget it. They descend on her with their relentless demands on her materialand maternalreserves. Although they think her neurotic for wanting to be alone, she manages (shakily) to hold her ground. She knows that she is now out of step with the social circus of the Argentinian aristocracy, something that is reinforced by the reflected image of herself in the mirror of a free, natural woman with uncoiffed hair, dark tanned skin and denim. At first, she fears that she will be mistaken for a lesbian and so dons the "circus horse" outfit and persona of the party circuit. Much later she asks: "What am I without my own reflection embellished or distorted by the will of others?" Gentle, and mature, this is a smart story of a woman able to challenge her former social mores and form a new community. (Sept.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780935480702
  • Publisher: Latin American Literary Review Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1996
  • Series: Discoveries Series
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.33 (w) x 8.42 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Silvina Bullrich was an Argentine novelist and journalist. She was the recipient of the Municipal Literary Prize for her novels, and Los burgueses was a bestseller in Argentina. She adapted several novels for film and was also a professor of French literature at the National University of La Plata.

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