Leopoldina's Dream and Other Stories

By Silvina Ocampo

Ocampo is a part of a trio of literary figures: Jorge Luis Borges (her friend), and Adolfo Bioy Casares (her husband). here's a choice of her brief stories.

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This assortment by way of the Argentine writer includes tales written within the Forties, '50s and '60s. All 32 items mirror Ocampo's emphasis on kind over plot and characterization, and her predilection for the surreal and mystical. happen all through and constantly voiced in Ocampo's refined, understated tones are subject matters of sin and forgiveness, of affection and infidelity, of sickness, loss of life and homicide. In "Voice at the Telephone," Fernando publicizes that "children's events depress me" and that he avoids lights cigarettes, after which finds that, at his fourth party, he and his acquaintances locked their moms in a room and set hearth to the home. In "The Sibyl," a burglar encounters a tender woman in a house he's robbing; she unexpectedly tells him, " 'You are the Lord, since you have a beard . . . . A Lord, to whom we needs to provide all that we have.' " And within the attention-grabbing "The Punishment," a tormented girl tells her lover a backwards model of her lifestyles tale, continuing from current to previous and admitting in advance of she dies, " 'Remembering the previous is killing me.' " those stories are eerily compelling, and Ocampo is a grasp of sleek, gentle writing, admirably translated via Balderston. yet eventually, her focus on surreal, stylized occasions renders the works opaque, and detaches the reader from her characters.
Copyright 1988 Reed enterprise info, Inc.

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Whilst the sunshine is grew to become on, i glance on the room and imagine it’s my very own. If i didn't go away my condominium i have to be in it, in my room. The door is at the left; in my room it really is at the correct. there's a small darkish piece of furnishings crowned by way of an oval replicate; in my room there's a huge bureau, with a Virgin within a beacon. The blinds are of wooden, and will be raised and reduced with cords; in my room the blinds are seventy nine 80 LEOPOLDINA’S DREAM of iron and open sideways, in 3 sections. the electrical mild within the room is found in a pitcher sq. within the centre of the ceiling; in my room there are just silver status lamps at the evening tables. i'm absent-minded. i've got lived during this condominium for therefore a long time with out noticing that there are sorts of blinds in my room: a few glossy ones that cross up and down, made up of slats of sunshine wooden, and different, out of date ones of heavy iron that open sideways in 3 sections. i'm so absent-minded that I by no means spotted that there's gentle not just within the silver status lamps, yet in that sq. glass lamp at the ceiling, that I by no means lighted simply because I by no means came upon the swap. however i'm shocked that I by no means observed that ground-glass lamp at the ceiling earlier; it's very seen, now that i'm taking a look at all of it the time. in addition to, the Virgin underneath the beacon isn’t there, or the bureau. The Virgin issues me. If I have been to show my head again suddenly, like an owl, might be i'd locate it. to wash the items during this room with out breaking them, no matter if they're infrequently wiped clean (they are continually dirty), anyone needs to take them from their ordinary locations and placed them elsewhere. The Virgin has to be in a nook, below a few piece of furnishings, or beneath the bedstead. i ponder if a servant wiped clean it. yet i can't flip round. rather than the bureau, which was once on an aspect wall and never throughout from the mattress, I see an amorphous little piece with a small reflect. Am I in Cordoba? could I be dreaming approximately Cordoba? There i do know of a home with comparable furnishings. No, I’m now not in Cordoba. It has to be a gift an individual gave to me for my birthday, anyone who’s keen on me yet doesn’t understand what types of provides i admire. while have been these items dropped at my room, and who introduced them? they have to be very gentle. an individual may choose them up and hold them from one position to a different. i want no longer fear. What does it topic who introduced them! i may thank any of the folk the following for this present I don’t like. In case one in every of them gave it to me, I smile. And that little photograph? It’s placing at the wall at the left, above a type of cot, doubtless a truly cozy one, which i will see from my mattress as though I have been mountain climbing a mountain. I by no means observed that cot in my room, nor in the other room in my apartment. furnishings has its personal existence; it’s no longer unusual that the items pass out and in, switch locations, are changed through others at any time when they suppose love it. Isn’t it higher that manner? What’s fallacious with this room? Is it worthy asserting anything approximately it to somebody? might be I may still communicate to the 1st one that techniques: Visions eighty one the nurse.

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