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The Potbellied Virgin (Texas Pan American Literature in Translation)

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In an unnamed town in the Ecuadorian Andes, a small wooden icon-La Virgen Pipona (the Potbellied Virgin)-conceals the documents that define the town's social history. That history recently has been dominated by the women of the Benavides family, a conservative clan and, not coincidentally, the caretakers of the Virgin. Their rivals are the Pandos, a family led by four old ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published June 1st 2006 by University of Texas Press
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I've had this on my to-read list ever since I heard about it, because there are not many novels from Ecuador translated into English. I suggested it for my in-person book club, and I think it got a lot of votes for the title. However some of the members have not been enjoying it, and I think it will be interesting to discuss when I lead our meeting next Monday. And strange to be reading about Ecuador when it suddenly appears in the news, after suffering a devastating earthquake over the weekend. ...more
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We were out wine tasting, when I spotted this book on display at Winter Hill. The book's translator (Amalia Gladhart) was the daughter of the winery's owner. Since I am always drawn to S. American authors, I picked up a copy.
The setting for the book is a small village in Ecuador where the diverse villagers are linked my an small wooden icon. The heart of the story revolves around the secret concealed in the belly of the virgin.
The book reads smoothly and is filled with great humor, local prover
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Alicia Yánez Cossío (Quito, December 10, 1929) is a prominent Ecuadorian poet, novelist and journalist.

Alicia Yánez Cossío is one of the leading figures of Ecuadorian and Latin American literature, and is the first person of Ecuador to win the Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz Prize (1996).

In 2008 she received Ecuador's highest prize in Literature, the "Premio Eugenio Espejo" for her lifetime of work.

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