The Weight of Temptation / El peso de la tentacion

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-10-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Nebraska Pr

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Dystopian fantasy, political parable, morality talehowever one reads it, this novel is first and foremost pure Ana Maria Shua, a work of fiction like no other and a dark pleasure to read. Shua, an Argentinian writer widely celebrated throughout Latin America, frames her complex drama in deceptively simple, straightforward prose. The story takes place at a fat farm called The Reeds, a nightmare world that might not exist but certainly could. The last resort of the overweight wealthy (or sponsored), The Reeds subjects its "campers" to extreme measuresparticularly the regimented system of public humiliation imposed by its director, a glib and sharp-minded sadist called the Professor. Into the midst of this methodical madness comes Marina Rubin, who experiences all the excesses of The Reeds. The pervasive cruelty of this refined novel distances it from facile conclusions. Amid the mordant social satire, The Reeds' obese campers are far more than merely victims of the system, subjected to impossible social demands for physical perfection. Out of control, fierce, rebellious, or subjugated, they are recognizable human beings, contending with an unjust but efficient authority in their unique and solitary ways.

Author Biography

Ana Mara Shua's work Microfictions and her novel Death as a Side Effect are available from the University of Nebraska Press. Andrea G. Labinger is a professor of Spanish emerita from the University of La Verne in Southern California. Her many translations include Shua's Death as a Side Effect, Alicia Steimberg's The Rainforest (Nebraska, 2006), and Call Me Magdalena (Nebraska, 2001).

Table of Contents

Weighing Inp. 1
Fast Dayp. 7
The Groupp. 18
Case History Ip. 26
The Barracksp. 30
Case History IIp. 36
Beat Your Facep. 39
Case History IIIp. 48
The Clockwork Orangep. 51
Case History IVp. 57
The Infernop. 61
The Phone Callp. 68
The Campfiresp. 72
New Friendsp. 78
His Own Gravep. 82
Food Traffickingp. 89
Sob Storiesp. 95
The Farewell Partyp. 98
The Orgyp. 105
Elephant Sealsp. 114
I Have a Loverp. 119
It Had to Be Estebanp. 123
The Divine Comedyp. 126
Passionp. 129
Carolap. 133
Under Coverp. 138
Betrayalp. 147
At the Finish Linep. 152
Survivalp. 158
The Unforeseenp. 165
The Crossingp. 171
The New Orderp. 175
Outsidep. 182
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