Black Novel by Luisa Valenzuela
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Sets a murder among the filth, violence, and perverse fascination of the streets of New York City in a deeply psychological novel that brings a new voice in Latin American fiction to the United States.

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Luisa Valenzuela is one of the many women who have emerged as major voices in Latin American fiction. Her elliptic metaphoric pieces broaden the definitions of short story and novel. Strange Things Happen Here (1977) is close to an allegory of the Argentine political situation, but it shuns conventional realism to blur reality in a hallucinatory style. Julio Cortazar said of Valenzuela that she lucidly charts "the seldom-chosen course of a woman deeply anchored in her condition, conscious of discriminations that are still horrible all over our continent, but, at the same time, filled with joy in life that permits her to surmount both the elementary stages of protest and an overestimation of women in order to put herself on a perfectly equal footing with any literature---masculine or not.
Published May 1, 1992 by Simon & Schuster. 224 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Roberta is trying ``to write with her body,'' live out her fiction in various dalliances or by graceless slumming (the two spend a few nights in a shelter for the homeless), while Agustin has, at the book's beginning, killed a woman he barely knows- -earning him instant guilt-racked underground-m...

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Responding with a bizarre mixture of the maternal and predatory, Roberta relishes Agustin's anguished breakdown as she hides the murder weapon, disguises him and herself in theatrical costumes and taunts him by having a love affair with another man.

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