River of Sorrows

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White Pine Press, 2000 - Fiction - 147 pages
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Set during the 16th century tumult of exploration and first settlements along the Paran River in Argentina,River of Sorrows, based on actual events, is told by people marginalized and usually invisible in history. Mestizo soldier Blas de Acu a's great unrequited love for the firey Mar a Muratore prompts him to tell the story of Mar a's amazing exploits, but it's not Blas but his second wife who insures that Mar a is not forgotten by history. By constantly retelling the story, she creates a larger-than-life image that embraces all the women who kept the settlements alive, propped up the men and put loaded guns in their hands, and became the collective memory of a nation that, 450 years later, would be home to the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo.

Demitropulos Libertad, who died in July of 1998, is widely recognized as one of the finest Argentine writers of the twentieth century. Of her seven novels,River of Sorrows is the most acclaimed. Mary G. Berg's translations of Latin American writers have been widely published. She teaches at Harvard University.
 

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
5
Section 3
13
Section 4
16
Section 5
19
Section 6
22
Section 7
25
Section 8
32
Section 14
68
Section 15
73
Section 16
77
Section 17
87
Section 18
93
Section 19
97
Section 20
102
Section 21
105

Section 9
37
Section 10
43
Section 11
53
Section 12
59
Section 13
64
Section 22
114
Section 23
119
Section 24
129
Section 25
143
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