Iphigenia: (The diary of a young lady who wrote because she was bored)

Paperback | January 1, 1993

byTeresa De la ParraTranslated byBertie Acker

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"...I didn't want to tell you the truth for anything in the world, because it seemed very humiliating to me..." The truth is that Iphigenia is bored and, more than bored, buried alive in her grandmother's house in Caracas, Venezuela. After the excitement of being a beautiful, unchaperoned young woman in Paris, her father's death has sent her back to a forgotten homeland, where rigid decorum governs. Two men—the married man she adores and the wealthy fiancé she abhors—offer her escape from her prison. Which of these impossible suitors will she choose?

Iphigenia was first published in 1924 in Venezuela, where it hit patriarchal society like a bomb. Teresa de la Parra was accused of undermining the morals of young women with this tale of a passionate woman who lacks the money to establish herself in the liberated, bohemian society she craves. Yet readers have kept the novel alive for decades, and this first English translation now introduces its heroine to a wider audience.

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"...I didn't want to tell you the truth for anything in the world, because it seemed very humiliating to me..." The truth is that Iphigenia is bored and, more than bored, buried alive in her grandmother's house in Caracas, Venezuela. After the excitement of being a beautiful, unchaperoned young woman in Paris, her father's death has se...

Teresa de la Parra was also the author of Las memorias de Mamá Blanca (Mama Blanca's Souvenirs). Translator Bertie Acker is a professor emerita of Spanish at the University of Texas at Arlington.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:372 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:January 1, 1993Publisher:University Of Texas Press

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ISBN - 10:0292715714

ISBN - 13:9780292715714

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Introduction by Naomi LindstromTranslator's NoteIphigeniaFirst Part: A Very Long Letter Wherein Things Are Told As They Are in NovelsSecond Part: Juliet's BalconyChapter I: Having now sent the interminable letter to her friend Cristina, Maria Eugenia Alonso resolves to write her diary. As will be seen, in this first chapter, the genteel Mercedes Galindo appears at last.Chapter II: Wherein Maria Eugenia Alonso describes the quiet times spent in the corral at her house and wherein Gabriel Olmedo also appears.Chapter III: How a wandering attention unleashes a dreadful storm, which in turn precipitates great events.Chapter IV: In which she waits, and she waits, conversing with an acacia branch and a few flowering vines of bougainvillaea.Chapter V: Here, Maria Eugenia Alonso, sitting on a large rock, confesses to the river; the river gives her advice, and she, obediently and piously, decides to follow the advice exactly.Chapter VI: Rain, a letter, and an afternoon that, like a road, glides, winds, and is lost in the past.Chapter VII: Supremum Vale!Third Part: Toward the Port of AulisChapter I: After long months of deep sleep, one morning, from the depths of a wardrobe, lying among ribbons, lace, and old fabric, Maria Eugenia Alonso's literary verbosity has suddenly awakened. Here it is still rubbing its eyes.Chapter II: After sailing for three days in the caravel of her own experience, Maria Eugenia Alonso has just made a very important discovery.Fourth Part: IphigeniaChapter I: In the early hours of a MondayChapter II: Early Tuesday morningChapter III: Wednesday noonChapter IV: From Wednesday night to ThursdayChapter V: Thursday night to FridayChapter VI: Early Saturday morningChapter VII: The same Saturday at midnightChapter VIII: Gabriel's letterChapter IX: The following Monday at nightfall