A sweeping, kaleidoscopic, and passionate novel that presents a stunning series of flashes scenes, moods, dreams, and weather as the narrator wanders through Lima.
Published in 1928 to great acclaim when its author was just twenty years old, The Cardboard House is sweeping, kaleidoscopic, and passionate. The novel presents a stunning series of flashes scenes, moods, dreams, and weather as the narrator wanders through Barranco (then an exclusive seaside resort outside Lima). In one beautiful, radical passage after another, he skips from reveries of first loves, South Pole explorations, and ocean tides, to precise and unashamed notations of class and of race: an Indian woman “with her hard,shiny, damp head of haira mud carving,” to a gringo gobbling “synthetic milk,canned meat, hard liquor.”
Adán’s own aristocratic family was in financial freefall at the time, and, as the translator notes, The Cardboard House is as “subversive now as when it was written: Adán’s uncompromising poetic vision and the trueness and poetry of his voice constitute a heroic act against cultural colonialism.”
|Publisher:||New Directions Publishing Corporation|
|Product dimensions:||5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.50(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
KATHERINE SILVER is an award-winning liter-
ary translator and the codirector of the Banff International Literary Translation Centre
(BILTC). Her translations include works by César Aira, Horacio Castellanos Moya,
José Emilio Pacheco, Elena Poniatowska, Jorge Franco, and Martín Adán, among others.
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