He Who Searches (Latin American Literature)

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A professor of semiotics who doubles as a psychologist in Barcelona visits (always in disguise) a prostitute in the early morning hours on Mondays and Thursdays in order to analyze her without her knowing it. The story moves from Barcelona to Mexico to Buenos Aires, but above all it is about Argentina: its recent history, its 30,000 missing children, its stunned middle class, its writers in exile. He Who Searches is multifaceted in structure, combining narrative references to old-fashioned storytelling, realism, psychoanalysis, feminism, politics, and suspense, all of them tinged with a patina of eroticism that reflects a feminist perspective. Ultimately the disguises of the plot--transvestism, transsexualism, differing sexual points of view--become pieces in a puzzle tha can be taken apart to create other figures, other puzzles. It ends with its narrator back in Buenos Aires: He who searches, finds.

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Luisa Valenzuela was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1938. In 1958, she moved to France and wrote her first novel while living in Paris. In 1979, she moved to the United States and lived in New York for ten years, working as a writer in residence at the Center for Inter-American Relations at NYU and Columbia. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1983.

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"He Who Searches is as stunning a portrait of Latin America and its strange, magical realities as the portraits found in Gabriel Garcia Marquez's 'One Hundred Years of Solitude' and Carlos Fuentes' 'Terra Nostra'. And like those novels, it is also a work of universal appeal." -- San Francisco Chronicle 7-19-87

"Luisa Valenzuela explores the terrain where love and violence, erotic pleasure and death, exist perilously close to each other. . . . Valenzuela plays with words, turns them inside out, weaves them into sensuous webs." -- Voice Literary Supplement

"Luisa Valenzuela is the heiress of Latin American fiction. She wears an opulent, baroque crown, but her feet are naked." -- Carlos Fuentes

"This novel . . . is a prime example of contemporary Latin American fiction. Its major themes are love, identity, reality, time, existence, and death, expressed with an innovative narrative structure and point of view, through myriad symbols and against a political and feminist backdrop." -- Choice 10-87

"To read her is to enter our reality fully, where plurality surpasses the limitations of the past; to read her is to participate in a search for Latin American identity, which offers its rewards beforehand. Luisa Valenzuela's books are our present, but they also contain much of the future; there is a true resplendence, true love, true freedom on each of her pages." --Julio Cortazar

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