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Open Door: Stories
Valenzuela's first collection of stories in several years features Up Among the Eagles, a group of fourteen stories now published in English, and a selection of the best stories from her books Clara and Strange Things Happen Here.
Paperback, 201 pages
Published August 1st 1988 by North Point Press
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Open Door – 32 short stories as sticks of literary dynamite from Argentinian author Luisa Valenzuela. These stories are simply too hot to handle for any generalization. To provide a sample of their explosiveness, I will focus on one of my very favorites. Spoiler Alert: my analysis covers the complete story, beginning to end.
Estrangement: “A thin wall has always separated us. Now the time has come for the wall to unite us.” Julio lives in an apartment building next to a man he neve ...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...