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Book details
  • Genre:FICTION
  • SubGenre:Literary
  • Language:English
  • Pages:158
  • eBook ISBN:9780988405721

The Heart of the Artichoke

by Elena Poniatowska

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Overview
In this collection of stories, Poniatowska weaves together the disparate lives that make up Mexico’s rich cultural tapestry. These are stories about servants and matriarchs, street sweepers and sorceresses, shop keepers, nannies, mothers, travelers, prostitutes, and drug addicts. They are stories of broken lives and broken hearts, of betrayal and rebirth. The language is melodic, sensual, plain, coarse, aristocratic. It reflects the varied idioms of Mexico’s diverse social classes. Poniatowska constructs characters of immense complexity, then slowly peels away the emotional and psychological layers to expose their greatest vulnerability. Nowhere is this more visible than in the title story The Heart of the Artichoke.
Description
In this collection of stories, Poniatowska weaves together the disparate lives that make up Mexico’s rich cultural tapestry. These are stories about servants and matriarchs, street sweepers and sorceresses, shop keepers, nannies, mothers, travelers, prostitutes, and drug addicts. They are stories of broken lives and broken hearts, of betrayal and rebirth. The language is melodic, sensual, plain, coarse, aristocratic. It reflects the varied idioms of Mexico’s diverse social classes. Poniatowska constructs characters of immense complexity, then slowly peels away the emotional and psychological layers to expose their greatest vulnerability. Nowhere is this more visible than in the title story The Heart of the Artichoke.
About the author
Elena Poniatowska gained international acclaim in 1969 with the publication of Here’s To You, Jesusa! Her 1971 book, Massacre in Mexico, would earn the Premio Xavier Villaurrutia, Mexico’s most prestigious literary prize, which she would decline on political grounds. She is the recipient of over a dozen international literary awards, including the Rómulo Gallegos International Novel Prize. In July of 2011, World Literature Today announced her nomination for the Neustadt International Prize for Literature.
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