Papeles de Pandora

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Papeles de Pandora

By Rosario Ferre

Vintage Books USA, Paperback, 9780375724695, 256pp.

Publication Date: September 26, 2000

Available in Spanish for the first time in the United States.
From Rosario Ferre (nominated for the National Book Award for The House on the Lagoon), her first work of fiction, long out of print in any edition, in the original Spanish and including a previously unpublished story and two poems.
Papeles de Pandora contains the stories that first brought Rosario Ferre to the attention of Spanish-language readers throughout the world. In this collection, Ferre introduces her major theme: the position of women in a fast-changing but still patriarchal culture. In "La muneca menor"("The Youngest Doll"), a maiden aunt uses her skill at making honey-filled dolls to get revenge. "La bella durmiente" ("The Sleeping Beauty"), recounts the brief life of a young dancer through letters and newspaper clippings that reveal much more than they say. And in "Cuando las mujeres quieren a los hombres" ("When Women Love Men"), a society lady and a prostitute form a startling alliance after the death of the man they both loved.Richly imagined, elegantly written, Ferre's stories are early proof of her stature among contemporary Latin American writers.

About the Author
Rosario Ferre was born in Puerto Rico, where her father served as governor. She holds a doctorate in Spanish from the University of Maryland. She is best known for her novels and short stories. Her literary career began with the publication of the controversial literary journal "Zona". "Carga y Descarga" in 1972, and her first short story collection, "The Youngest Doll", was published in 1976. She has been a faculty member at the University of Puerto Rico, Rutgers University, and Johns Hopkins University. In 1992, Ferre was awarded the Liberatur Prix award at the Frankfurt Book Fair for the German translation of her novel "Sweet Diamond Dust". She was a finalist for the National Book Award for her novel "The House on the Lagoon" in 1995. She was awarded an honorary doctorate from Brown University and received a Guggenheim Fellowship in creative arts. She was also the recipient of the prestigious Medal for Literature of the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture in 2009. Rosario Ferre lives in Puerto Rico with her family.