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Peregrinations of a Pariah

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In the first half of the 19th century, Flora Tristán was a leader in the European and American movements for women's rights and labor unions. She was also painter Paul Gauguin's future grandmother. A self-proclaimed pariah, she denounced the abuse of women and workers through her lucid discourse. This publication of her memoirs marks the the 200th anniversary of her birth.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published June 1st 1987 by Beacon Press (MA) (first published 1837)
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Jun 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: autobiography
3.5 stars
This is the record of Flora Tristan’s travels to South America in 1833-4. Flora Tristan was a socialist writer, activist and feminist. She was the grandmother of the painter Paul Gaughin. Her father was a colonel in the Spanish navy and her mother French; they were never married. When her father died in 1807, Flora and her mother were left in poverty. Flora’s mother fired her imagination about her wealthy relatives, most of whom lived in Peru. Tristan married young and by 1825 had two
Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
This travel diary was first published in France in 1838. The author left Bordeaux in France aboard a ship called "Mexicain" on 7 April 1833. They travelled the North Atlantic Ocean, dropped by Porto Praya at the Cape Verde Islands, down towards the South Atlantic Ocean, had a u-turn at Cape Horn, landed at Valparaiso, sailed again, then reached their destination at Islay in Peru. She was the only woman aboard that ship during those long months of voyage. I believe she became the lover of the ...more
Apr 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
Flora Tristan (1803-1844) is one of the "big four" of 19th-century French women novelists. However, she, Marie d'Agoult, and Hortense Allart, are generally eclipsed by the still brightly burning star of George Sand, who was considerably more prolific. Nevertheless, Tristan is a fascinating persona who endured much trauma in her life, but still managed to strike early blows for feminism and better conditions for the working class in France. Forced into an unhappy marriage by her mother, Tristan ...more
Fiorella Aguirre
Este libro me tomó mucho tiempo leerlo, pero me gusto mucho poder aprender tantos detalles de esa época, la forma en la que está escrito, con las expresiones y gramática del siglo XVIII y sobretodo porque gran parte de la historia está situada aquí en Peru.

Flora Tristan nos cuenta en este diario su viaje desde Francia, su llegada al continente Americano por la costa de Chile, posteriormente a Arequipa y finalmente a Lima desde donde retorna al lugar de su nacimiento luego de una gran aventura
Jess McCabe
Dec 06, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I tracked down this diary after reading Mario Vargas Llosa's The Way to Paradise, about the lives of Flora Tristan and her grandson Paul Gauguin (you can read my review of that book here.

Tristan is a fantastically interesting character, and I was curious how Vargas Llosa's account stacked up against something she wrote herself.

Peregrinations is definitely worth reading: most literature from that period does not tell stories like Flora Tristan's. It covers Tristan's early life, before she became
Aug 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: clásicos, peru
Flora Tristán es un personaje entrañable de la sociedad peruana. Su libro de viajes no es obviamente una obra maestra de la literatura.

Es un cuento de viajes íntimo en el cual cuenta sus peripecias en el Perú en la década de 1830, donde su objetivo fue de reclamar una herencia de su padre en Arequipa. No lo logró lamentablemente pero el legado que dejó Flora fue fascinante.

No tan sólo por sus agudas observaciones y mordaz sentido sino porque fue testigo de grandes acontecimientos para los cuales
Nina Balmaceda
Dec 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved it in Spanish.
Pablo Flores
Compré este libro en Arequipa, no muy lejos de donde vivió (según dicen) la propia Flora Tristán, a quien conocía por las referencias que de ella da El Paraíso en la otra esquina de Mario Vargas Llosa. Ni Tristán es tan buena escritora como Vargas Llosa (dejando de lado comprensibles cuestiones estilísticas de la época) ni, lamentablemente, tenía Tristán clara en la época de sus Peregrinaciones su postura sobre unos cuantos temas que luego la harían famosa, por lo cual lo que leí en la novela no ...more
May 30, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading Tristan's adventures in Peru, and her unvarnished take on Peruvian society and institutions. Whilst I do think she was always eager to outline her outsized role in various political machinations, I have no doubt that such an erudite woman was captivating and influential on the relatively backwater society she describes. Undoubtedly an unaccompanied Parisian woman making her way from Arequipa to Lima would be an object of admiration and curiosity by the locals starving for ...more
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