The Oval Portrait: Contemporary Cuban Women Writers and Artists

The Oval Portrait: Contemporary Cuban Women Writers and Artists

By: Soleida Rios (author), Margaret Randall (translator)Paperback

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The Oval Portrait was originally published as El retrato ovalado (Ediciones Union, Havana, Cuba, 2015). Editor Soleida Rios set a difficult task for herself and nearly three dozen other Cuban women writers, artists, and thinkers. She asked each to "choose a mask. With it she spins her story so that her own image appears in the story as well as the connection (always mysterious) and the symbol with which she has chosen to represent herself." The result, beyond being a postmodernist tour de force, was "a perfect vehicle for introspection." As Rios herself puts it: "The game requires us to go deep.... Shall we say: Rather than a portrait, construct a mirror, through which you may touch the difficult and shared places. And then, at the end, ask yourself the question: Which are your favorite lies?"

About Author

Margaret Randall (New York, 1936) lived in Cuba from 1969 through 1980 and returns often. In addition to her own literary production (poetry, essay, oral history), she has translated a great deal of Cuban work. Among it: Breaking the Silences: 20th Century Poetry by Cuban Women (2982), Only the Road / Solo el camino: Eight Decades of Cuban Poetry (2016), Diapositivas / Transparencies by Laura Ruiz Montes, trillos precipicios concurrencias by Alfredo Zaldivar (2017), What the Vampire Told Them by Chely Lima (2017), and books by Israel Dominguez, Yanira Marimon, Reynaldo Garcia Blanco, and Teresa Melo (forthcoming). Soleida Rios (Santiago de Cuba, 1950). Among her books, the most important are Poesia infiel (Young Cuban Poets, 1989), El libro roto (1994, 2002), Libro cero (1999), El texto sucio (1999), Fuga. Antologia personal (2004), Secadero (2009), Escritos al reves (2009, 2012, National Literary Critics Prize), Aqui pongamos un silencio (2010), Estrias (Nicolas Guillen National Poetry Prize, 2013, 2013), and two books of dreams (1999, 2011).

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  • ISBN13: 9781609405571
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 216
  • ID: 9781609405571
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  • ISBN10: 1609405579

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