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About the Author: Esther Tusquets

Born into Barcelona's upper middle class on August 30, 1936, Tusquets grew up during Francisco Franco's right-wing dictatorship (in power from 1937 to 1975). She spent several years teaching literature and history at the Carillo Academy. She was the director of the publishing house "Lumen" in Barcelona. She published her first novel at age 42. Distinguished by a syntactically convoluted and multi-layered prose style, her works employ a relentless stream-of-consciousness reminiscent of Proust and Woolf.

She brought a highly eroticized woman's voice to Spain's post-Civil War literature. Her metafictional approach often employed emblematic lesbian characters to delineate the limits and possibilities of female sexual autonomy. Her work was a precursor in that it dealt openly with lesbianism for the first time in the history of Spanish narrative.


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Paperback, Published in Nov 1992 by Dalkey Archive Press

ISBN10: 0916583910 | ISBN13: 9780916583910

Page count: 232

Stranded is a novel about love and betrayal among friends and lovers, husbands and wives. For years, Elia and her husband Jorge have spent their summers with their friends Eva and Pablo at a resort town on the Costa Brava. This summer, Elia arrives alone--silent, desolate, and wishing to become as inert as a stone. Jorge has left her and her world has collapsed.

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