102nd out of 132 books — 12 voters
Dark Desires and the Others
“Here I am,” writes Luisa Valenzuela, “submerged in a sea of notebooks . . .” Dark Desires is the author’s autobiographical fantasia on the ten years she spent living in New York City. Valenzuela has called this book her “apocryphal autobiography,” and in it she says very little about her work as a writer, about the city itself, or even about literature. Instead, Dark Desi...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published May 17th 2011 by Dalkey Archive Press
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Dark desires and the others, the ones desired by me, men
who don't know tenderness.
And the other desires.
One of the recent desires, perhaps the main on or the most
The desire to tell all, not let one word disappear.
Hunt the language alive.
The isolation of texts, the fragmentation of the body.
Argentina's Luisa Valenzuela is a serious contender for a solid place in her country's literary canon - a woman who challenges her patriarchal society, its politics and the role of women in th...more
This book is essentially a diary excerpt of a Latin American writer trying to find herself. What I enjoyed about it was the pleasant (and quite easily readable) prose and the relatable feminine quality of her stories- this book is entertaining nonetheless. However, for a story so based on identity, I was extremely disappointed to find that the narrator (and thus the author, considering it is auto-biographical) did not seem to have found any sense of identity beyond the realm of her writing. She...more
Luisa Valenzuela is a post-'Boom' novelist and short story writer. Her writing is characterized by an experimental, avant-garde style which questions hierarchical social structures from a feminist perspective. She is best known for her work written in response to the dictatorship of the 1970s in Argentina. Works such as Como en la guerra (1977), Cambio de armas (1982) and Cola de lagartija (1983)...moreMore about Luisa Valenzuela...