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El arte de la alegría / The Art of Joy

9788426418333

El arte de la alegría / The Art of Joy

  • ISBN 13:

    9788426418333

  • ISBN 10:

    8426418333

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 07/19/2022
  • Publisher: Lumen

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Summary

La versión feminista y proletaria de El Gatopardo, por una autora comparada con D. H. Lawrence y Stendhal

UNA DE LAS REEDICIONES MÁS ESPERADAS DE 2022 SEGÚN TELVA, DE PRÓXIMA ADAPTACIÓN A UNA SERIE PARA LA PLATAFORMA SKY

«Una vitalidad indestructible. [...] Me fascina.» —Virginie Despentes

«Una obra maestra única de una escritora singular.» Germán Gullón

«Un libro de culto.» Io Donna

Esta es la historia de una mujer vital e incómoda que desafió la cultura patriarcal, fascista y opresiva de su época. Nació el 1 de enero de 1900 en una casa pobre y en una tierra aún más pobre. Se llamaba Modesta y era siciliana, pero desde el principio su cuerpo y su mente reclamaron para ella una vida más allá de los confines de su aldea y de su condición de mujer ignorante. Cuando aún era una chiquilla, Modesta fue enviada a un convento y de allí al palacio de unos nobles, donde su enorme talento y su inteligencia maquiavélica le permitieron controlar la economía de la casa y convertirse en aristócrata gracias a un matrimonio de conveniencia, y eso sin dejar de seducir a hombres y a mujeres de toda ralea, que serían compañeros fieles hasta los últimos días de su vida.

Amiga generosa, madre entregada, amante sensual... En fin, mujer capaz de saltarse con ingenio las reglas del juego de su tiempo para gozar del verdadero placer, Modesta habita las intensas páginas de esta novela y recorre la historia europea del siglo XX con la fuerza que distingue a los grandes personajes de la literatura universal.

ENGLISH DESCRIPTION

The tumultuous twentieth century, told through the life of a single extraordinary woman.

Rejected by a series of publishers, abandoned in a chest for twenty years, Goliarda Sapienza's masterpiece, The Art of Joy, survived a turbulent path to publication. It wasn't until 2005, when it was released in France, that this novel received the recognition it deserves.  

The Art of Joy centers on Modesta, a Sicilian woman born on January 1, 1900, whose strength and character are an affront to conventional morality. Impoverished as a child, Modesta believes she is destined for a better life. She is able, through grace and intelligence, to secure marriage to an aristocrat―without compromising her own deeply felt values. Friend, mother, lover―Modesta revels in upsetting the rules of her fascist, patriarchal society.

This is the history of the twentieth century, transfigured by the perspective of one extraordinary woman. Sapienza, an intriguing figure in her own right―her father homeschooled her so she wouldn't be exposed to fascist influences―was a respected actress and writer who drew on her own struggles to craft this powerful epic. A fictionalized memoir, a book of romance and adventure, a feminist text, a bildungsroman―this novel is ultimately undefinable but deeply necessary; its genius will leave readers breathless.

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