Otilia's Body: A Novel by Sergio GalindoOtilia's Body: A Novel by Sergio Galindo

Otilia's Body: A Novel

bySergio GalindoTranslated byCarolyn Brushwood, John Brushwood

Paperback | January 1, 1994

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From reviews of the Spanish edition:

"...among the best works that Mexican fiction has produced."

—Héctor Gally, Sábado

"With homely features, but with a body so shapely and exciting that it sets men (priests included) aflame throughout the novel, with an incandescent voluptuousness and delightful amorality (surely explosive in the conservative Mexican society of her time and place) ...Otilia Rauda could be the protagonist of a Greek tragedy or of a soap opera made of improbable happenings and as many turns of fate as there are chapters used to tell the story of her life."

—Jorge Ruffinelli, Punto y Aparte

Winner of Mexico's prestigious Xavier Villaurrutia prize in 1986, Otilia Rauda is here translated into English for the first time as Otilia's Body. Widely considered Sergio Galindo's best work, the novel dramatizes a sexually liberated woman's obsession with an outlaw lover, played against the backdrop of Mexican history from 1910 to 1940. A fine example of "intimist" fiction, Otilia's Body is noteworthy for its penetratingly described characters who transcend time and place to become universally recognizable.

Winner of both the Mariano Azuela Prize and the Jose Fuentes Mares Prize, Sergio Galindo was the author of thirteen novels and many shorter works. Carolyn Brushwood is a professional translator. John S. Brushwood (1920–2007) was the Roy A. Roberts Professor of Latin American Literature at the University of Kansas.
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Title:Otilia's Body: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:235 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:January 1, 1994Publisher:University Of Texas Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0292727704

ISBN - 13:9780292727700

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Table of Contents

  • About the Setting of the Novel
  • First Part: The Encounters
  • Second Part: Rubén Lazcano
  • Third Part: Melquiades

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Winner of Mexico's prestigious Xavier Villaurrutia prize in 1986, Otilia Rauda is here translated into English for the first time as Otilia's Body. Widely considered Sergio Galindo's best work, the novel unfolds the drama of a sexually liberated woman's obsession with an outlaw lover, played against the backdrop of events in Mexican history from 1910 to 1940 as they affected conservative, provincial society in the state of Veracruz. Galindo and his contemporaries initiated "intimist" fiction in Mexico, and Otilia's Body is noteworthy for its penetratingly described characters who transcend the limits of time and place to become universally recognizable. Otilia's tragedy comes not from the constricted life she leads in a provincial Mexican town but from fate itself. All the admirable characters in Otilia's Body defy social convention in some way, and the tapestry of their lives produces tragic ironies that make Galindo's people unforgettable.