Señora Rodríguez and Other Worlds

Señora Rodríguez and Other Worlds

Latin America in Translation/En Traducción/Em Tradução

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Book Pages: 144 Illustrations: Published: January 1997

Gender and Sexuality > Feminism and Women’s Studies, Latin American Studies, Literature and Literary Studies > Fiction

Señora Rodríguez dips into her purse and there’s no telling what she’ll come up with—a sticky lollipop, a phone bill, or a rosary; a reminder of daily life, a bit of family history, a personal talisman, or . . . who knows? . . . a token into another world altogether. Such are the surprises and possibilities, the unpredictability and warm familiarity of Martha Cerda’s magical novel. Señora Rodriguez and her family are placed shoulder-to-shoulder and page-to-page with strangers, acquaintances, and a host of importune, if not impertinent, stories: the profound distortions wrought in a woman’s life by the oppressive presence of her maid; the furor caused by a premenstrual pimple; the flashbacks and chaotic grief Judas Iscariot experiences at the moment of his death; the disruption surrounding the appearance of a supposed member of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
A bestselling writer widely celebrated in her native Mexico, Martha Cerda defines her own turn along the path of Latin American magical realism. In this novel the feminine, the practical, and the earthy blend with the fantastic and phantasmagoric. Tragedy and playfulness, sophistication and naiveté mingle. What is at once a comedy of manners, a delightful collection of loosely related anecdotes, stories, sketches, and epiphanies, is also an artful entree into several literary and philosophical questions—the relationship between language and reality and the power of one to create and alter the other; the link between chaos and different forms of organization that pass for order.


“The central character in this whimsical example of Latin American magic realism is a woman from Mexico who carries her whole world in her purse. . . . Often funny and always surprising.” — David Guy , New York Times Book Review

“A kaleidoscopic fantasy, by turns comic, deadpan, and macabre, from the Escher of magical realism.” — Laura Esquivel, author of Like Water for Chocolate and The Law of Love


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Martha Cerda, born in 1945 in Guadalajara, Mexico, is the author of four distinguished and award-winning books. She is the founder and Director of the Sociedad General de Escritores Mexicanos and the President of P.E.N. International in Guadalajara. Señora Rodríguez and Other Worlds, a bestseller in Mexico in 1990, is Cerda’s first novel to be published in English.

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Paper ISBN: 978-0-8223-1890-3 / Cloth ISBN: 978-0-8223-1886-6
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