“Moves with languid dignity . . . Doña Inés’s cranky, engaging, importuning, resentful, obsessed and relentless voice guides us through a family history that is also mired in Venezuelan history.” John Vernon, The New York Times Book Review
Dona Ines vs. Oblivion
978-0-8021-3726-5 • $13.00 • Paperback • Sep. 2000
Described by The Washington Post Book World as “classic Latin American magical realism . . . [from] a remarkable voice,” Doña Inés vs. Oblivion is a rich saga melding national history with the story of one bitter family dispute. Doña Inés, matriarch of a wealthy family in eighteenth-century Caracas, is suing to regain the land her late husband bequeathed to his illegitimate mulatto son. Searching in vain for the original deed, she vows not to quit until the dust from the ancient documents rises up and chokes her. In 1780s she diesbut the spirit of Doña Inés continues her quest through another two centuries of revolution, natural disaster, change, and social turmoil, riding the passionate tide of Venezuelan history to an ultimate conclusion. Beautiful, trenchant, and wickedly funny, it establishes Ana Teresa Torres as an important voice in world literature.