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Sweet Diamond Dust: and Other Stories

by Ferre, Rosario A

  • ISBN: 9780452277489
  • ISBN10: 0452277485

Sweet Diamond Dust: and Other Stories

by Ferre, Rosario A

  • List Price: $15.00
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Plume Books
  • Publish date: 10/01/1996
  • ISBN: 9780452277489
  • ISBN10: 0452277485
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Description: Originally published in Spanish under the title Maldito Amor ("Cursed Love"), Rosario Ferre's SweetDiamond Dust introduced American readers to a voice that is by turns lyrical and wickedly satiric. Afinalist for the National Book Award with her 1995 novel, The House on the Lagoon, Ferre here uses familyhistory as a metaphor for the class struggles and political evolution of Latin America and Puerto Rico inparticular. The result is writing of the highest order--provocative, profound, yet delightfully readable.The "sweet diamond dust" of the title story in this debut collection is, of course, sugar. In this tale the DeLa Valle family's secrets, ambitions, and passions, interwoven with the fate of the local sugar mill, arerecounted by various relatives, friends, and servants. As the characters struggle under the burden ofprivilege, the story, permeated with haunting echoes of Puerto Rico's own turbulent history, becomes asplendid allegory for a nation's past. The three accompanying stories each follow the lives of thedescendants of the De La Valle family, making the book a drama in four parts, raising troubling issues ofrace, religion, freedom, and sex, with Ferre's trademark irony and startling imagery--a literary experienceno reader would want to miss.
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