Saturday, August 27, 2016
A MASTERPIECE OF LATIN AMERICAN LITERATURE FINALLY APPEARS IN ENGLISH
Antonio Di Benedetto's Zama is finally published in English after 50 years. Most of the story takes place in and around Asunción, now the capital of Paraguay, but for the eponymous main character of the novel, which is set during the last decade of the 18th century, a backwater of the Spanish Empire. Asunción lies well over a thousand miles to the northeast of Di Benedetto’s hometown, and Mendoza seems to be the hometown of the novel’s protagonist, as well—the place where Zama’s wife, Marta, lives with their children and his mother, “half the length of two countries and all the width of the second” away from him.
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