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Sylvia Iparraguirre, born in 1947, has already gained considerable fame in Argentina where she was involved in several magazine projects against the military dictatorship, for example, as co-founder of the cultural magazines El escarabajo de oro and El ornitorrinco. Today she teaches at the University of Buenos Aires and is a literary critic for the daily newspapers Clarín and Página 12. Her novel LA ORFANDAD was among the twelve finalists for the prestigious Premio internacional de novela Rómulo Gallegos 2011.
volumes of short stories La Tierra del Fuego, her second novel, was
shortlisted for the 1998 Premio Alfaguara. At the Buenos Aires
Book Fair 1999 the work was awarded the prestigious Literary Critics Prize as Best Book of the Year (1998), and the Sigfrido Radaelli Prize by the Club
de los 13 for the best novel in 1998 and in
In 1830 the
“Beagle” sets sail from
Sylvia Iparraguirre, a disciple of Borges, has succeeded in reconciling two things: an analytical viewpoint and a delight in adventure stories, a highly poetic tone and unaffected passion. An eloquent meditation on civilisation and wilderness and the roots of a nation.
La Tierra del Fuego deals with European arrogance without resorting to the cliché of the ‘Noble Savage’.
This brilliant and beautifully wrought work deserves to become a classic.
This efficient and fragile book poses good questions about the human motivations of “missionaries” and scientists.
Fuego. Una biografía del fin del mundo (“Tierra del Fuego. A Biography
of the end of the World”) was first published as a coffee-table book and will
soon be available in a more handy edition. In her
introduction, Iparraguirre says: After its extensive journey
from the north, the Andes, South America’s imposing vertebral column, stretches
down to the continent’s southern most tip, crosses Tierra del Fuego’s Isla
Grande, slips under the Le Maire Strait and then emerges finally, like a
blackened, burned dragon’s tail in the Isla de Los Estados. This mountain
range, right at the end of the world, was, according to myth, a source of
shamanic power for the people of
El muchacho de los senos de goma (“The Boy with the Rubber Breasts”) is set in present-day Buenos Aires. Cristobal, or Cris, is seventeen years old and rather annoyed by his family home. His mother always takes his stepfather’s side, and he is always expected to help out in the workshop. He would rather be listening to music and indulging his passionate interest in philosophy. His teacher is Professor Mentasti, who invites him to attend advanced courses due to his incisive and independent reasoning.
One day he
packs his bags and leaves home. In a distant corner of
He gives up
his job as a seller of merchandise on the street - the rubber breasts, meant
for relaxing office workers, were a real flop! – and,
after a final talk to his Profesor who himself is passing through a crisis,
decides to leave
With a sure hand and shimmering storytelling Sylvia Iparraguirre leads her readers through a compartmentalised city, in which flights of intellectual brilliance and bitter poverty, hope and hopelessness stand side by side, and where people survive crises and occasionally grow from them. The final scene, a description of the waking city and a young man making his escape, reads like the crescendo to a piece of music that gets deep under your skin.
In a small town in the Argentine pampas, quiet Sonia grows up in an orphanage. Only when the anarchist trade unionist Bautista, who spent many years in prison as an innocent man, woos the young woman does she awake from her long years of paralysis and turn to face life.
Told in retrospective, the novel’s intensive characters and atmospheric descriptions of the broad landscapes of the Argentine pampas truly draw the reader in.
After El muchacho de los senos de goma, La orfandad ("The Orphaning") is the second part of a trilogy in progress portraying three generations of an Argentinean family.
This book confirms the privileged place that Sylvia Iparraguirre takes among our narrators. Here she presents us with one of the most moving and beautiful love stories in Argentine literature.
A disturbingly clear and very sensitive novel.
Encuentro con Munch
Buenos Aires: Alfaguara 2013, 200 p.
La orfandad, Buenos Aires: Alfaguara 2010, 264 p.
Shortlisted for the Premio Rómulo Gallegos 2011
Italy: L’Asino d’Oro 2015
El muchacho de los senos de goma, Buenos Aires: Alfaguara 2007, 345 p.
German: Stockmann 2010 ● Italy: L’Asino d’Oro ● Netherlands: de Geus 2012
La tierra del fuego, Buenos Aires: Alfaguara, 1998, 286 p.,
pb punto de lectura 2006
Brazil: Record 2001 ● France: Métailié 2001 ● Germany: Alexander Fest 1999, Büchergilde Gutenberg 2000, Fischer, pb 2001 ● Israel: Carmel 2011 ● Italy: Einaudi 2001 ● Netherlands: de Geus 2001 ● Portugal: ASA 2001 ● US: Curbstone Press 2000
El parque, Buenos Aires: Emecé 1996; Alfaguara 2004, 259 p.
Italy: Crocetti 2004
Del día y de la noche
Buenos Aires: Galerna 2015, 174 p.
Narrativa breve, Buenos Aires: Alfaguara 2005, 393 p.
El país del viento, Buenos Aires: Alfaguara 2003, 168 p.
Probables lluvias por la noche, Buenos Aires: Emecé 1993; Alfaguara 2009, 150 p.
En el invierno de las ciudades, Buenos Aires: Galerna 1988, Alfaguara, 158 p.
Tierra del Fuego. Una biografía del fin del mundo.
Together with the photographer Florian von der Fecht
Buenos Aires: Total Austral 2000, 112 p., first published by El Ateneo; Del Nuevo Extremo 2009, 223 p.
(Bilingual English-Spanish edition)
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