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The Ship of Fools

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Sex and power are dominant themes in this innovative novel by a major feminist writer, an exile from Uruguay now living in Spain.
Paperback, 180 pages
Published May 25th 1989 by Readers International (first published January 1984)
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Rosie
Feb 24, 2007 Rosie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in quirky obsessions, fixations, insanity, and off-the-wall human relations
Too much to say and I have read it too long ago to give a proper review. The novel seemingly takes the form of a mosiac of travel vignettes, as the reader follows the protagonist, Equis, though various vague locales.
However, as the point of travel writing often is to provide a detailed view into a location, the essence of this novel is based on a contradiction. This sort of tension appears numerous times in the novel, especially in the sexuality of Peri Rossi's protagonists. We have no less t
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Rebecca
Jun 08, 2015 Rebecca rated it really liked it
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The Ship of Fools follows a loose narrative centered around an exiled man (who is called Ecks in my translation, although his name in the original is Equis). Banished from his homeland, Ecks travels aimlessly, encountering some interesting characters along the way. He has a one night stand with an obese Scandinavian woman, takes up with a flighty intellectual beauty, and rendezvouses with a passenger on a ship. The allegory of "The Ship of Fools" is recounted as a modern tale, which is quite hau ...more
Maximilian Gerboc
Great quirky collection of short stories that follows the travels of one character.
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Uruguayan novelist, poet, and author of short stories.

Considered a leading light of the post-1960s period of prominence of the Latin-American novel, she has written more than 37 works. She was born in Montevideo, Uruguay but was exiled in 1972, and moved to Spain, where she became a citizen in 1975. As of 2005[update] she lives in Barcelona, where she continues to write fiction and works as a jour
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