The Weight of Temptation (Latin American Women Writers)

By: Shua, Ana María

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Dystopian fantasy, political parable, morality tale--however one reads it, this novel is first and foremost pure Ana Maria Shua, a work of fiction like no other and a dark pleasure to read. Shua, an Argentinian writer widely celebrated throughout Latin America, frames her complex drama in deceptively simple, straightforward prose. The story takes place at a fat farm called The Reeds, a nightmare world that might not exist but certainly could. The last resort of the overweight wealthy (or sponsored), The Reeds subjects its "campers" to extreme measures--particularly the regimented system of public humiliation imposed by its director, a glib and sharp-minded sadist called the Professor.

Into the midst of this methodical madness comes Marina Rubin, who experiences all the excesses of The Reeds. The pervasive cruelty of this refined novel distances it from facile conclusions. Amid the mordant social satire, The Reeds' obese campers are far more than merely victims of the system, subjected to impossible social demands for physical perfection. Out of control, fierce, rebellious, or subjugated, they are recognizable human beings, contending with an unjust but efficient authority in their unique and solitary ways.

Title: The Weight of Temptation (Latin American Women Writers)

Author Name: Shua, Ana María

Categories: Other,

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press:

ISBN Number: 0803239777

ISBN Number 13: 9780803239777


Book Condition: Very Good

Seller ID: Z0803239777Z2

Description: 0803239777 Crisp, clean, unread paperback with light shelfwear to the covers and a publisher's mark to one edge - Nice!