The Cardboard House by Martin AdanThe Cardboard House by Martin Adan

The Cardboard House

byMartin Adan

Paperback | September 25, 2012

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Published in 1928 to great acclaim when its author was just twenty years old, The Cardboard House is sweeping, kaleidoscopic, and passionate. The novel presents a stunning series of flashes - scenes, moods, dreams, and weather - as the narrator wanders through Barranco (then an exclusive seaside resort outside Lima). In one beautiful, radical passage after another, he skips from reveries of first loves, South Pole explorations, and ocean tides, to precise and unashamed notations of class and of race: an Indian woman with her hard,shiny, damp head of hair - a mud carving," to a gringogobbling "synthetic milk,canned meat, hard liquor."Adan's own aristocratic family was in financial freefall at the time, and, as the translator notes, The Cardboard House is as "subversive now as when it was written: Adan's uncompromising poetic vision and the trueness and poetry of his voice constitute a heroic act against cultural colonialism." "
Katherine Silver is an award-winning literary translator and the co-director of the Banff International Literary Translation Centre (BILTC).
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Title:The Cardboard HouseFormat:PaperbackDimensions:128 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.5 inPublished:September 25, 2012Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0811219593

ISBN - 13:9780811219594

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Wonderfully youthful, poetically miraculous, The Cardboard House is the most representative - and the best - of the Latin American avant garde of the 1920s." "This book is profoundly realist, but it is not a reproduction of exterior reality;it is rather the poetic, sensorial, intuitive, non-rational testimony of this reality.""I dreamt I was sixteen and Martin Adan was giving me piano lessons. The old man's fingers, long as the Amazing Rubber Man's, plunged through the floor and played a chain of underground volcanoes.""