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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. Her wandering hero refuses to conform to the established order that descends into military terror and machismo.
Paperback, 212 pages
Published September 12th 2017 by Readers International (first published January 1984)
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May 28, 2015 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
Sep 15, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found much of this novel intriguing and profound, using the exquisite Tapestry of Creation as a reference and a metaphor.

It was definitely worth the read, but (view spoiler)
Feb 24, 2007 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
Vlad Kovsky
Jul 15, 2020 rated it liked it
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If one were to look for an appropriate classification for this book, it would be easy to find a label. Postmodernist fiction? Yes, certainly! Latin American magical realism? Of course! Feminist literature? Without a doubt! Yet, the book is not just any one of these and more than all of these at the same time. So, let's leave the classification attempts aside.

The book starts with a set of disjointed stories, episodes, journeys of the main protagonist Ecks. These journeys are loosely held together
Steven Hendrix
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fascinating look at masculinity and power. Peri Rossi subverts common definitions, status quo thinking, and the novel form itself. She sheds light on some of the common results of toxic masculinity. Well worth the read.
Aug 01, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3,5 estrellas

Descubrí a Cristina Peri Rossi con un poema que resultó ser una punzada. Esta novela no ha sido una punzada, pero sí un viaje tal y como se nos avisa reiterada veces al principio. Un viaje en diferentes escenarios, tan diferentes como los personajes que los ocupan.

Es un libro extraño tanto en sus personajes como en su forma. Tardé en pillarle el hilo a la historia, pero cuando lo hice me enganché a él. Por momentos me recordaba a la escritura de Cortázar y de hecho la autora lo lleg
Sep 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: those who are wandering this world aimlessly.
"Through chance, accident, or forgetfulness, we often lose those things we love, and purchase - by mistake or indifference - objects that we never wanted to possess."

The vignettes in this book are thought provoking. For instance, did people really abandon ships of degenerates to the ocean? Seems barbaric and like a waste of a good boat...
Juan de Dios Reyes
Interesante... Me gustó su forma de escribir, su estilo. Eso de que una nota al pie de página fuera en sí como un capítulo (es una exageración) me llamó la atención y encuentro que le dio perspectivas especiales al relato.
El relato en sí da varias vueltas y no termino de entender la idea completa, pero me atrajo. Creo que deberé darle una vuelta más...
Sep 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
"What did women do when they were sad? Where did they go? Where did they take their melancholy? There weren't many public places for women; no doubt their bad moments were spent in loneliness among household objects, by the washing machine."
Liv Bennett
Aunque entiendo lo experimental del estilo y la narración de la historia, no ha sido una lectura para mi.
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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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