Cleopatra Dismounts by Carmen Boullosa

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Carmen Boullosa is one of Latin America's most original voices, and in Cleopatra Dismounts she has written a remarkable reconstruction of the life of the Egyptian queen, who famously died in Marc Antony's arms. But is this really the true Cleopatra?
Through the intervention of Cleopatra's scribe and informer Diomedes, Boullosa creates two previous Cleopatras, and in effect two deliriously wild other lives for the young monarch-a girl escaping the intrigues of royal society, and the young queen who is carried across the sea on the back of a magical bull, to live among the Amazons and become part of their society.
Magical, multifaceted, and rippling with luminous imagination, Cleopatra Dismounts is a work that recalls Jeanette Winterson's Sexing the Cherry and confirms Carmen Boullosa as an important international voice.

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Carmen Boullosa is the author of many plays, works of poetry, and novels, among them Leaving Tabasco and They're Cows, We're Pigs. She was recently included in the landmark collection Reversible Monuments: An Anthology of Contemporary Mexican Poetry. Geoff Hargreaves lives in New York City.
Published December 1, 2007 by Grove Press. 244 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In this case, the record is set straight by the Queen of the Nile herself: Cleopatra, one of the greatest rulers of the ancient world, who seduced Julius Caesar, fell in love with Marc Antony, and backed the wrong horse at the Battle of Actium.

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He quixotically vows to recapture the speech of the true Cleopatra, and thus begins a convoluted, fantastic first-person account of Cleopatra's escape as a girl from her father's residence in Rome, her adventures with Cilician pirates, her supernatural abduction by a magical bull and her encounte...

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