The Censors

Trade Paper – $16.95

ISBN 978-0-915306-12-1
Publication Date
July 1995
Page Count
255 pages
Trim Size
5.5 x 8.5

The Censors

A Bilingual Selection of Stories

The Censors is the only bilingual collection of fiction by Luisa Valenzuela, one of Latin America's best known and most widely translated authors. This selection of stories from Clara, Strange Things Happen Here, and Open Door, which delves into the personal and political realities under authoritarian rule, gives a rich representation of her literary talent.
About the Author

Luisa Valenzuela (born November 26, 1938, in Buenos Aires, Argentina) 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) combine a powerful critique of dictatorship with an examination of patriarchal forms of social organization and the power structures which inhere in human sexuality and gender relationships.


"Luisa Valenzuela's affecting short stories—parables, really—are cryptic and poetic. Like many Latin American writers, she produces work that verges on the surreal." New York Times Book Review

"[She is] the heiress of Latin American literature. She wears an opulent, baroque crown, but her feet are bare."
—Carlos Fuentes

"Luisa Valenzuela explores the terrain where love and violence, erotic pleasure and death, exist perilously close to each other . . . Valenzuela plays with words, turns them inside out, weaves them into sensuous webs."

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