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Springtime in a broken mirror / Mario Benedetti ; translated by Nick Caistor.

Benedetti, Mario, 1920-2009 (author.). Caistor, Nick, (translator.).

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
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Detroit Lakes Public Library BEN (Text) 33500013056247 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781620974902
  • ISBN: 1620974908
  • ISBN: 0241327202
  • ISBN: 9780241327203
  • Physical Description: pages cm.
  • Publisher: New York : The New Press, 2018.

Content descriptions

General Note:
"Originally published in Uruguay as Primavera con una esquina rota in 1982. First published in Great Britain by Penguin Random House UK, London, 2018."
Summary, etc.:
"Santiago, a political prisoner in Uruguay, was jailed after a brutal military coup that saw many of his comrades flee elsewhere. Santiago, feeling trapped, can do nothing but write letters to his family, and try to stay sane. Far away, his nine-year-old daughter Beatrice wonders at the marvels of 1970s Buenos Aires, but her grandpa and mother--Santiago's beautiful, careworn wife, Graciela--struggle to adjust to a life in exile"-- Provided by publisher.
Language Note:
Translated from the Spanish.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 April #1
    Virtually unknown in the U.S., Uruguayan Benedetti (1920–2009) was a renowned figure in late-twentieth-century Latin American literature. Author of dozens of works of poetry, fiction, and reportage, he helped create the Generación del 45, Uruguay's most influential mid-century literary group, and his social and political activism resulted in his eventual exile to Peru, Cuba, and Spain (he returned to Uruguay in 1983). This novel, originally published in 1982, draws upon Benedetti's life in telling the story of Santiago, a political prisoner in 1970s Montevideo, and those most affected by his imprisonment, his wife Graciela and their child, Beatriz, who have escaped to Buenos Aires. In letters to his wife, Santiago ruminates on his situation and professes his love, while in her chapters Beatriz recounts her new life in urban Argentina, adding levity to the otherwise dire prospects faced by her father. At times, Benedetti interjects his own experiences, blurring the line between memoir and epistolary fiction. Compared to Gabriel García Márquez and Carlos Fuentes, Benedetti deserves greater recognition stateside, and this will, one hopes, be the first of many of his titles to be translated into English. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Mario Benedetti (1920&;2009) was a Uruguayan journalist, novelist, and poet. He is considered one of the most important twentieth-century Latin American writers. He won the Queen Sofia Ibero-American Poetry Award in 1999, and the José Martí prize in 2001. He was the author of many works of poetry, essays, drama, and fiction.

Subject: Political prisoners > Uruguay > Fiction.
Exiles > Uruguay > Fiction.
Exile (Punishment)
Political prisoners.
Argentina > Buenos Aires.
Genre: Fiction.

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