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Jan 27, 2015 | ISBN 9781590177747

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“It is Ocampo’s position as a poet which exalts her prose. . . . Of all the words that could define her, the most accurate is, I think, ingenious.” —Jorge Luis Borges

“Like William Blake, Ocampo’s first voice was that of a visual artist; in her writing she retains the will to unveil the immaterial so that we might at least look at it if not touch it.”  —Helen Oyeyemi

“I don’t know of another writer who better captures the magic inside everyday rituals, the forbidden or hidden face that our mirrors don’t show us.”  —Italo Calvino

“Like her friend Julio Cortázar, [Ocampo] wrote with fascinated horror of Argentinian petty bourgeois society, whose banality and kitsch settings she used in a masterly way to depict strange, surreal atmospheres sometimes verging on the supernatural. She could reproduce with devastating accuracy the intonations and the peculiar idiom of the Buenos Aires middle classes. Yet her irony was always so subtle and restrained, it could produce effects of unexpected illumination on the life of her times.” —The Independent

“Silvina Ocampo is, together with Borges and García Márquez, the leading writer in Spanish.” —Jorge Amado

“Few writers have an eye for the small horrors of everyday life; fewer still see the everyday marvelous. Other than Silvina Ocampo, I cannot think of a single writer who, at any time or in any language, has chronicled both with such wise and elegant humour.” —Alberto Manguel

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