Lieutenant Nun: Memoir Of A Basque Transvestite In The New World by Catalina De ErausoLieutenant Nun: Memoir Of A Basque Transvestite In The New World by Catalina De Erauso

Lieutenant Nun: Memoir Of A Basque Transvestite In The New World

byCatalina De Erauso

Paperback | June 30, 1997

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Named a New York Times Book Review Notable Book of 1996

One of the earliest known autobiographies by a woman, this is the extraordinary tale of Catalina de Erauso, who in 1599 escaped from a Basque convent dressed as a man and went on to live one of the most wildly fantastic lives of any woman in history. A soldier in the Spanish army, she traveled to Peru and Chile, became a gambler, and even mistakenly killed her own brother in a duel. During her lifetime she emerged as the adored folkloric hero of the Spanish-speaking world. This delightful translation of Catalina's own work introduces a new audience to her audacious escapades.
Catalina de Erauso was born in Spain in either 1585 or 1592, according to disputed records, and died in 1650. Raised and educated in a convent, de Erauso refused to conform to the strict nature of the environment and, disguising herself in men’s clothing, escaped in 1600. As a fugitive, she then traveled to various countries and joined...
Title:Lieutenant Nun: Memoir Of A Basque Transvestite In The New WorldFormat:PaperbackDimensions:128 pages, 8 × 5.38 × 0.38 inPublished:June 30, 1997Publisher:Beacon Press

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ISBN - 10:0807070734

ISBN - 13:9780807070734

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In 1585, Catalina de Erauso escaped a convent dressed as a boy. During her lifetime she became a soldier in the Spanish army, killed her own brother, and managed to become the darling of the Pope and the Spanish-speaking world. "A rollicking, swashbuckling tale". LOS ANGELES TIMES

Editorial Reviews

A rollicking, swashbuckling tale. -Los Angeles Times"The frontier nun's rascally tale [is] a fascinating puzzle to decipher." -Angeline Goreau, The New York Times Book Review"A mesmerizing adventure!" -Tama Janowitz"[Catalina de Erauso] dared to steal the quest narrative from the roving men of her time and, miraculously, survived to tell the tale. An essential work for recovering the roots of women's autobiography and women's remaking of identity through encounters with otherness, not only in society but in the self." -Ruth Behar, author of The Vulnerable Observer"The Steptos' translation, without betraying the original, turns this memoir into compelling literature in English." -Roberto González Echevarría, Sterling Professor of Hispanic and Comparative Literatures, Yale University