Victoria Ocampo: writer, feminist, woman of the world by Victoria Ocampo

By Victoria Ocampo

Victoria Ocampo's voice in those decisions from her writings is own and refreshingly candid. Her autobiography finds what it was once prefer to develop up lady in Argentina - a society with inflexible preconceptions in regards to the position of ladies. Her essays expose her improvement as a girl, a feminist, and a author who interacted with significant literary figures within the Americas and Europe. As a prolific author and the founder and writer of Sur, the Argentine literary overview dedicated to overseas trade, Victoria Ocampo used to be a key determine in twentieth-century Latin American letters. before such a lot of her paintings has been unavailable in English. Steiner's translations make Ocampo's memoirs, letters, and essays available to readers with pursuits in autobiography, within the literature and tradition of Latin the US, and within the improvement of feminist idea.

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In a small room where they stored old junk, C. said he liked to do chemistry experiments. He worked with rare instruments and batteries. He would sometimes call all of us younger children to that room, stand us in a line and then, taking us by the hand, he would make an electric current, that was stored in his own hand, pass right through that chain of trembling, obedient flesh. 's hand. When he finished the experiment and had dazzled us with his great knowledge, C. would dispatch us without a word of thanks and close the door in our faces.

We don't talk about this business any more. I think the little piece of rosy flesh makes him ugly. But what am I going to do? His face is so lovely that I end up pardoning him for his imperfection. Patios There are three patios in my grandparent's house. I escape to them when I can, especially to the one in the middle that smells of flowers and to the one in back because Francisca is there. Francisca is black like Juan Allende. She spends hours sitting there, slowly smoothing pieces of brown paper Page 6 between her hands.

I would have considered it absurd to live in any other way than I in front and she behind. That order began when we were born. I demanded obedience and offered protection. " I sought her hand, and once I had that smaller, weaker hand (the same hand that during the day I had perhaps pressed too hard either out of distraction or violence), the enemy darkness seemed less threatening. Courage Pretending to skate on the patios on Tucuman Street, I had the bright idea of putting soap on the bottoms of my shoes; I slipped and fell on my left arm.

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