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Caetana's Sweet Song

Pinon, Nelida

ISBN 10: 0394589971 / ISBN 13: 9780394589978
Published by Knopf, 1992
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New York. 1992. Knopf. Uncorrected Proof. Very Good In Wrappers. 401 pages. paperback. Nélida Piñon (born May 3, 1937) is a Brazilian writer. Born in Rio de Janeiro of Galician immigrants. Her first novel was Guia-Mapa de Gabriel Arcanjo (The Guidebook of Archangel Gabriel), written in 1961, it concerns a protagonist discussing Christian doctrine with her guardian angel. In the 1970s she became noted for erotic novels A casa de paixão (The House of Passion) and A força do destino (The Force of Destiny), written in 1977. In 1984 she perhaps had her greatest success with A Republica dos Sonhos, English translation The Republic of Dreams. The work involves generations of a family from Galicia who emigrated to Brazil. This relates to her own family's experience. She is a former President of Academia Brasileira de Letras (Brazilian Academy of Letters). 0394589971. keywords: 41906. inventory # 17883. FROM THE PUBLISHER - ‘1 left Trindade by train on a Friday long ago. I remember clearly that it was raining. As soon as the train whistle gave the signal to leave, I forced myself to look through the dirty windowpanes. I saw nothing but the downpour that blended the landscape with those who were standing in the station, frozen to the spot in astonishment, and who, unlike me, would never leave Trindade. Now, however, it is time to return. I am therefore coming back this June, arriving by the same train that I left on. I chose Friday so as to have the illusion that twenty years had not gone by. As for the rest, we 11 wait and see. It’s life that whispers the message in our ear. Signed, Caetana.’ Many years have passed since Caetana and her traveling carnival swept through Trindade, a small city in the interior of Brazil, leaving behind countless hopes and illusions as well as broken hearts. Now she has decided to return, rekindling myriad old flames-and wounds-among the town’s citizens. Set against the backdrop of a thriving Brazil-new economic programs promise to make the country a top industrial power in Latin America, and Pelé is leading the country to an unprecedented third World Cup championship-this latest novel by one of Brazil’s most renowned writers is at once an intimate chronicle of the torrid intrigues of a provincial town and a grandiose spectacle in which myth and reality are inextricably fused. Caetana has spent her life pretending to be one of the world’s great divas, and she draws into her world and into her fantasy the town’s most illustrious citizens-among them, Polidoro, the cattle baron and town patriarch, whose romantic lust for her is all-consuming; Virgilio, the Greek, a historian and poet; Ernesto, the deeply insecure pharmacist; and the town whores, Gioconda and the Three Graces, who know everybody’s secrets. CAETANA’S SWEET SONG is powerfully erotic and brilliantly composed-and resounds with the themes and passions of Latin America’s literary tradition. NELIDA PINON was born in 1937 in Rio de Janeiro, where she now lives. Since 1961 she has published eight novels and three collections of stories. She has taught at universities in Brazil and at Columbia, Johns Hopkins, and the University of Miami, where she is the Stanford Professor of Humanities. In 1989 she became the fourth woman to be elected a member of the Academia Brasileira de Letras. Piñon’s work has been translated into Spanish, French, Italian, and Polish, and some of her stories have appeared in American anthologies. The Republic of Dreams was her first novel to appear in English. Jacket illustration by Karen Caldicott. Jacket design by Megan Wilson. . Bookseller Inventory # 17883

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Title: Caetana's Sweet Song

Publisher: Knopf

Publication Date: 1992

Binding: paperback

Book Condition:Very Good In Wrappers

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