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Ema, the captive

Author: César Aira; Chris Andrews
Publisher: New York : New Directions Publishing Corporation, [2016] ©2016
Series: New Directions paperbook, 1364.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In nineteenth-century Argentina, Ema, a delicate woman of indeterminate origins, is captured by soldiers and taken, along 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Historical fiction
Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: César Aira; Chris Andrews
ISBN: 9780811219105 0811219100
OCLC Number: 940361919
Language Note: Translated from the Spanish.
Notes: "A New Directions paperbook original."
Description: 231 pages ; 18 cm
Series Title: New Directions paperbook, 1364.
Other Titles: Ema, la cautiva.
Responsibility: César Aira ; translated by Chris Andrews.

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In nineteenth-century Argentina, Ema, a delicate woman of indeterminate origins, is captured by soldiers and taken, along 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 Aira's work, the wonder of the book is in the details of customs, beauty, and language, and the curious, perplexing reality of human nature.

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