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Oxford University Press, Dec 20, 2001 - Fiction - 299 pages
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Amalia is one of the most popular Latin American novels and, until recently, was required reading in Argentina's schools. It was written to protest the dictatorship of Juan Manuel de Rosas and to provide a picture of the political events during his regime, but the book's popularity stemmed from the love story that fuels the plot. Originally published in 1851 in serial form, Marmol's novel recounts the story of Eduardo and Amalia, who fall in love while he is hiding in her home. Amalia and her cousin Daniel protect him from Rosist persecution, but before the couple and the cousin can escape to safety, they are discovered by the death squad and the young men die. Similar in style to the romantic novels of Walter Scott, Amalia provides a detailed picture of life under a dictatorship combined with lively dialogue, drama, and a tragic love story.

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I have finally finished reading Amalia By José Mármol. This novel was published in two parts in 1844 and 1855. It shows the strong influence of Scott and also Victor Hugo. It is similar to Scott in ... Read full review


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Originally published serially in 1851, Amalia is generally considered to be the Argentinean national novel and, until recently, was required reading in that country's schools. Set in Buenos Aires in ... Read full review

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Helen Lane has translated the work of Mario Vargas Llosa and Octavio Paz, and is the translator of Fray Servando's Memoirs for the Library of Latin America series. She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Doris Sommer is the chair of the Department of Romance Languages at Harvard University.

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