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Great Literature Discussion – ‘Doña Bárbara’ by Rómulo Gallegos
August 3 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Literary works will be discussed based on what can be found in the text in order to enrich each other’s interpretation of the novel/novella. All are welcome to join and any edition or translation of the book under discussion can be used. Read the work in advance and be prepared to discuss the aspects of interest to you by referring to specific related text and reading it to the group. Moderated by Ethical NYC member Gunther Tielemans. 1st and 3rd Wednesdays. Click here to view the upcoming schedule.
Doña Bárbara tells the tale of an epic struggle between two cousins for a vast estate and ranch in the Venezuelan llano, or prairie. Doña Bárbara, a mysteriously and powerfully beautiful woman, is consumed with hatred for all men. When her cousin Santos Luzardo, bred on the plains but educated in the city, returns to reclaim his land and cattle, their battle becomes one of violence, magic, and seduction. Rómulo Gallegos’s vivid prose brings the world of Doña Bárbara to life, and blends fantasy, adventure, and romance.
Published in 1929 and all but forgotten by anglophone readers, Doña Bárbara is one of the first examples of magical realism, laying the groundwork for later authors such as Gabriel García Márquez and Mario Vargas Llosa.
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