In 17th-century Portugal, Mariana de Alcoforado, a nobleman's daughter and a nun since the age of ten, shocks the convent by having an affair with a French soldier. The novel is based on the true story of one of Europe's most notorious love affairs.
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Katherine Vaz is the author of the novels Saudade and Mariana, and the collection of short stories Fado & Other Stories. Her short fiction has appeared in numerous literary reviews and her stories for children in several anthologies. Vaz is the first Portuguese-American to have her work recorded for the Library of Congress. She is currently a Briggs-Copeland Lecturer in Creative Writing at Harvard University.Review:
'[Mariana's] letters, translated here by Vaz, are simple, strong arguments for the purity of love, and they seem to penetrate the human heart with startling directness... Mariana is most successful in its lyrical descriptions of ordinary lives transfigured, in its detailing of everyday routines and beliefs, and in its account of spiritual and emotional struggles... Vaz's evocation of life in seventeenth-century Portugal glows with colour.' E V Ormond, TLS
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Book Description Flamingo, 1997. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110002255731
Book Description Flamingo. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0002255731 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW6.1009602
Book Description Flamingo, 1997. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0002255731