DescriptionThis is the story of Aurora Ortiz, who lives in Madrid, and who, at the age of only 30, has been widowed and needs to find a job. Although she is in no position to choose, she would ideally like to work as a caretaker in a quiet block of flats where she could just watch life pass by. Aurora's aspirations are simple and few, and with the help of her neighbor and friend Fany, she composes what she considers a suitable curriculum vitae and proceeds to tramp the streets of the city in search of work. With her vitality and freshness, her innocence, her unconventional intelligence, and her relative lack of commercial ambition, Aurora Ortiz is a new type of heroine, one whose ethos and view of the world run contrary to most contemporary trends. The means by which she comes to terms with the burden and pressures of modern life will strike chords with many of her own European generation.
February 01, 2005
5.2 X 0.6 X 7.8 inches | 0.35 pounds
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About the Author
When he isn't translating, David Frye teaches Latin American culture and society at the University of Michigan. Translations include First New Chronicle and Good Government by Guaman Poma de Ayala (Peru, 1615); The Mangy Parrot by José Joaquín Fernandez de Lizardi (Mexico, 1816), for which he received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship; Writing Across Cultures: Narrative Transculturation in Latin America by Ángel Rama (Uruguay, 1982); and several Cuban and Spanish novels and poems.