The Museum of Useless Efforts by Cristina Peri Rossi
(European Women Writers)

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In The Museum of Useless Efforts Cristina Peri Rossi renders familiar, everyday situations uncanny through lyrical reinterpretations; at the same time, she somehow makes the uncanny appear quite ordinary. Crafting peculiar—and sometimes claustrophobically small—worlds, Peri Rossi explores the universal themes of desire, violence, and truth and the simultaneous and contradictory human capacities to repress and resist, speak and silence, desire and ignore. In these tales an insomniac is tormented by a stubborn lamb that refuses to jump over the fence; the momentary hesitation of a man on a crowded subway staircase who forgets whether he was going up or down unleashes pandemonium; and a patient receives a frantic call from his psychoanalyst, distraught that his wife has taken a new lover.
 

About Cristina Peri Rossi

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Uruguayan-born Cristina Peri Rossi has lived in exile in Spain since 1972. A novelist, poet, essayist, and short story writer, she has written twenty books, including Solitaire of Love and The Ship of Fools. Tobias Hecht is the author of At Home in the Street: Street Children of Northeast Brazil.
 
Published April 1, 2001 by Bison Books. 156 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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This collection shouldn't be read straight through, since the compounded effect of Peri Rossi's humor can be tedious as the clerk at the eponymous museum observes, ""I think the abundance of items destroyed their appeal."" But at her best, she distills small, unexpected delights from the flotsam ...

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