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Author Aira, César, 1949- author.

Title Ema, the captive / César Aira ; translated by Chris Andrews.

Publication Info. New York : New Directions Publishing, 2016.


Location Call No. Status
 PAS Central Library Fiction    FIC AIRA,C    Available
Description 231 pages ; 18 cm
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
Summary In nineteenth-century Argentina, Ema, a delicate woman of indeterminate origins, is captured by soldiers and taken, along with with her newborn babe, to live as a concubine in a crude fort on the very edges of civilization. The trip is appalling (deprivations and rapes prevail along the way), yet the real story commences once Ema arrives at the fort, where she takes on a succession of lovers among the soldiers and Indians, leading to a brave and grand entrepreneurial experiment. As is usual with Airas work, the wonder of the book is in the details of customs, beauty, and language, and the curious, perplexing reality of human nature.
Subject Single women -- Argentina -- Fiction.
Women prisoners -- Fiction.
Argentina -- Social conditions -- 19th century -- Fiction.
Genre/Form Historical fiction.
Added Author Andrews, Chris, 1962- translator.
Added Title Ema, la cautiva. English
ISBN 9780811219105 (alk. paper)
0811219100 (alk. paper)

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