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Rómulo Gallegos (1884–1969)

Forfatter af Doña Barbara

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Image credit: Gallegos (left) with Harry S. Truman. Harry S. Truman Library & Museum

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The Eye of the Heart: Short Stories from Latin America (1973) — Bidragyder — 152 eksemplarer
The Oxford Book of Latin American Short Stories (1997) — Bidragyder — 105 eksemplarer

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"Doña Bárbara" narra la historia de una rica terrateniente que ha acumulado grandes tierras y manadas extensas de ganados usando a los hombres para su provecho personal y sobornando a los funcionarios locales. Es la obra de mayor éxito de Rómulo Gallegos, en ella dramatiza el conflicto entre civilización y barbarie que a su parecer definía el ser de Venezuela y su realidad. El final feliz simboliza un futuro esperanzador para el país.
Natt90 | 10 andre anmeldelser | Nov 7, 2022 |
Published in 1929, this historical novel is set in Venezuela. It centers on two protagonists, Doña Bárbara and Santos Luzardo, with a large cast of supporting characters. Santos returns from abroad to his run his father’s ranch, Altamira, when he realizes it is controlled by a wealthy, manipulative local landowner, Doña Bárbara. She lives on the neighboring ranch, El Miedo (The Fear). She has had a tumultuous relationship with Lorenzo Barquero, and they have a daughter, Marisela. After spurning both Lorenzo and Marisela, she sets her sights on Santos.

The main theme of this novel is the coming of modern ways to the llanos (plains). The old ways are maintained by Doña Bárbara, and she attempts to take over the land and cattle that belong to Santos. This is a time before fencing of the land, so cattle were routinely “re-branded” and claimed by others. There are many local superstitions. The local people think Doña Bárbara is a sorceress.

I read the English translation by Robert Malloy. It beautifully describes the Venezuelan landscape, including the plains, jungles, rivers, and mountains, each with distinctive flora, fauna, climate, and customs. It is an inhospitable region. This book is similar to an old-fashioned US “western,” but with more poetic writing and set on the Venezuelan plains. It is an allegorical novel, and it will not be difficult to spot the symbolism. The characters are a bit thin, but it is definitely worth reading for its historical significance, especially if you are interested in world literature.
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Castlelass | 10 andre anmeldelser | Oct 30, 2022 |
Barra del Orinoco. El servicio de estribor lanza el escandallo y comienza a vocear el sondaje: "Nueve pies. ¡Fondo duro!"
Daniel464 | 1 anden anmeldelse | Aug 25, 2021 |
Un bongo remonta el Arauca bordeando las barrancas de la margen derecha...
Daniel464 | 10 andre anmeldelser | Aug 25, 2021 |



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