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This mesmerizing novel, first published in 1989, marks the debut in English of one of the most brilliant and admired of today's Latin American writers. As the novel opens, the matriarch Eulalia has begun her final task--dying. Long, long ago she came to Brazil from Spain--a bride with her already formidable, iron-willed husband, Madruga. Inspired by Grandfather Xan, the yo ...more
Paperback, 669 pages
Published January 1st 1991 by University of Texas Press (first published 1984)
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Francisco
Desde luego, una gran novela, que entre las brumas de los recuerdos nos desvela las relaciones familiares de los protagonistas.
Todo un ejercicio de técnica narrativa, manteniendo la coherencia de los diferentes narradores en primera persona, y tejiendo una compleja red de saltos temporales, entre el pasado y el presente, que van componiendo toda la situación.
Sumamente satisfactoria, aunque compleja.
James
A grand, lush, epic novel, telling the story of five generations of an immigrant family.

The countries of Spain and Brazil are as much characters in the novel as are the family members. The narrator alternates often, much as Brazil lurched from dictatorship to military rule to democracy over the years. Grandfather and granddaughter are most often the storytellers, but more than occasionally the role becomes eclipsed in the cloud of memories that slip in and out of the narration like so many day
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Rachel
The Republic of Dreams chronicles the tale of Madruga, a Spanish immigrant to Brazil; his wife Eulalia, who hails from the same village, his friend Venancio, who came on the same boat from Spain to Brazil, and Madruga and Eulalia's five children.

The book covers a lot of ground in 600+ pages. It deals with being an immigrant, colonialism, the issues Spanish Galicians face within Spain, Brazil's political issues, a battle of wills between a headstrong daughter and her conservative father, and rel
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Nélida Piñon is a Brazilian writer born May 3, 1937 in Rio de Janeiro of Spanish immigrants. Her first novel was Guia-Mapa de Gabriel Arcanjo (The Guidebook of Gabriel Arcanjo), written in 1961 which concerns a protagonist discussing Christian doctrine with her guardian angel. In the 1970s she became noted for erotic novels A casa de paixão (The House of Passion) and A força do destino (The Force ...more
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