This masterful novel tells the story of Henriette Faber, a woman who fought against many challenges in different countries and cultural biases during the 1800s to defend her beliefs and ideals: she fought against Napoleon, and married a woman in Cuba. She left far behind the walks through her aunt’s chateau and her days in medical school in Paris where she had to disguise herself as a man to attend. This is an adventure that only a fearless woman could be able to live in those times. Description in Spanish: Nueva York hacia 1870. Henriette Faber escribe el relato de su vida. Atrás han quedado los paseos en el chateau de tía Margot, el baile de gala en el que conoció a Robert, su época de estudiante de medicina en París, en la que tuvo que esconder su identidad sexual, el horror de las campañas napoleónicas, los turbulentos años en Cuba. De todo aquello ya sólo quedan recuerdos. Pero hubo un tiempo en que Henriette desafió al mundo, luchó contra los prejuicios sociales y culturales existentes en su época y se abrió camino en campos vedados a la mujer de entonces: la medicina, la guerra, la libertad sexual... "Mujer en traje de batalla" es la historia de esa mujer, de un ser humano que, desde su condición de individuo marginal, logró mantenerse fiel a sus ideales y vivir con autenticidad.
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With the same outstanding attention to geographical and historical detail that he applied to his El mar de las lentejas (Sea of Lentils, Casiopea, 1999), Cuban emigre Ben!tez-Rojo writes the life-story of Henriette Fauber, an upper-class Swiss woman living in the 19th century. Like most female characters in the novel, Henriette tries to live unfettered by convention and to survive in the male-dominated world that surrounds her. She disguises herself as a man to attend medical school in Paris and, later, to work as a male surgeon in Napoleon's Grande Arme as it treks throughout Europe. Her secret male impersonation unravels at the hands of a treacherous Cuban peasant, whom she marries while working as a physician on the island. Ben!tez-Rojo beautifully reconstructs the Napoleonic battlegrounds and colonial Havana. In some cases, however, this imagery detracts from the story, as the lengthy descriptions of battles and locations tend to overshadow significant narrative events, such as Henriette's infidelity to her husband. Overall, however, this is an undeniably ambitious work, a compelling story that triumphs over its sometimes-awkward dialog and inexplicable changes from second- to first-person narration. Recommended for public and academic libraries, and bookstores interested in Cuban markets. Joseph F. Delgado, Columbia, SC
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Book Description Punto de lectura, 2005. Encuadernación de tapa blanda. Book Condition: Bien. G126644. Punto de lectura - 697pp Rústica editorial. S. Bookseller Inventory # 403715
Book Description Punto de Lectura, 2005. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: Collectible: Very Good. First THUS. Inscribed by Author's wife - Hilda Benitez. Very good condition. Pages crisp, clean, and bright. Binding tight and secure. Light shelf wear. Cover clean and tight. Signed by Other. Bookseller Inventory # B1RB-8466317511