Title: The Bay Of Silence
Publication Date: 1944
Edition: 1st Edition.
New York. 1944. Knopf. 1st American Edition. Roughened Paper Running In A Verticle Line Along The Front Free Endpaper Near the Spine,Otherwise Very Good In Slightly Worn Dustjacket With Some Pieces Missing. Translated from the Spanish by Stuart Edgar Grummon. 339 pages. hardcover. keywords: Literature Translated Argentina Latin America. inventory # 3236. FROM THE PUBLISHER - The scene of THE BAY OF SILENCE is Buenos Aires, in the second quarter of the century. The characters are people named Tregua, Acevedo, Gloria Bambil, Anselmi; one of them, the woman whose fortitude and nobility of spirit give meaning to Tregua’s days and direction to his story, has no name at all. For this is Tregua’s story - the story of an eager young student feeling his way through the uncertainties and questionings of youth to the profound. illusionless wisdom of a cultured maturity. It is also the story of his friends and his opponents, of the women who loved him, and the one woman to whom he could not aspire. Simply as a story it is a moving and satisfying experience. But beyond that it presents a remarkably full and human picture of the life of the Argentine metropolis: its talkative, arguing students; its conservative governing class clinging tight to the reins 0f power; its new-rich seeking to climb the social ladder; its self-absorbed middle groups; its inarticulate workers; its o1d Creole families. Yet, in a sense, Argentina is only by chance its setting, for Mallea is concerned with the fundamental problems of our century - problems 0f individual freedom, of man’s responsibility to man, of political power and its sources and limits, of nationalism and internationalism. EDUARD0 MALLEA is generally recognized as the out- standing novelist of Argentina today. Many South American critics, indeed, have called him the finest creative writer that continent has ever produced. He has received high honors in his own country, the Buenos Aires Municipal Prize for Prose in 1935 and the National Prize for Literature in 1937. His reputation is based not only on his books - he is the author of four novels and several volumes of essays and short stories - but on his critical writings for the great Buenos Aires newspaper La Nación, of whose literary supplement he is editor, and for the magazine Sur, of whose editorial board he is a member. Señor Mallea was born in 1903 in the city of Bahia Blanca, where his father was a leading surgeon. He was educated at the Colegio Nacional in Buenos Aires, and studied law for two years at the University. But he began writing very early, publishing his first book at the age of 23. Thereafter his contributions to magazines, both at home and in Europe, became frequent; but he published no other book for eight years. During much of that interval he was abroad, traveling in England and in most of the Continental countries and living in France for an extended period. Since his return to Argentina in the early 1930’s, however, he has steadily built up that body of creative and critical work on which his reputation rests. Señor Mallea was first introduced to North American readers with the publication of his novelette, FIESTA IN NOVEMBER, in the collection of that title issued in 1942 by Houghton Mifflin Company. But THE BAY OF SILENCE, which he considers his broadest and most ambitious novel, is his first major work to be issued here. . Roughened Paper Running In A Verticle Line Along The Front Free Endpaper Near the Spine,Otherwise Very Good In Slightly Worn Dustjacket With Some Pieces Missing. Bookseller Inventory # 3236
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