Title: Behind The Curtains
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication Date: 1990
Book Condition: Very Good In Dustjacket
Edition: 1st Edition.
New York. 1990. Columbia University Press. 1st American Edition. Very Good In Dustjacket. Translated from the Spanish by Frances M. Lopez-Morillas. 279 pages. hardcover. 0231068883. keywords: Literature Translated Spain Women. inventory # 14488. FROM THE PUBLISHER - Carmen Martin Gaite’s Entre Visillos (Behind the Curtains) was awarded the 1957 Nadal Prize - the oldest and most prestigious of all Spanish literary prizes. Set in a provincial town, it focuses on the lives of several young women, their relationships with each other and with their families, their courtships, and their ambitions. The scenes, set in private homes, cafes, the casino, the church, the movies, the streets, and the main square, give a clear depiction of small town existence in an authoritarian society. The stifling mores of Franco’s Spain catapult the young women into marriage at all costs - spinsterhood is a constant threat and a career is a serious deviation from the norm. Only a very few of the women manage to fight back against these restrictions and become independent. This is a realistic, feminist novel which depicts Franco’s Spain through beautifully crafted characterizations It is a place where there is no transcendence of convention. In Entre Visillos the individual must privately affirm an identity for herself ‘behind the curtains.’. Bookseller Inventory # 14488
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