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Larva: A Midsummer Nights Babel Julián Ríos

Larva: A Midsummer Nights Babel

Julián Ríos

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ISBN : 9780704327757
Hardcover
585 pages
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First published in Spain in 1983 and proclaimed an instant postmodern classic, without a doubt the most disturbingly original Spanish prose of the century (Encyclopedia Britannica 1985 Book of the Year), Larva is a rollicking account of aMoreFirst published in Spain in 1983 and proclaimed an instant postmodern classic, without a doubt the most disturbingly original Spanish prose of the century (Encyclopedia Britannica 1985 Book of the Year), Larva is a rollicking account of a masquerade party in an abandoned mansion in London. Milalias (disguised as Don Juan) searches for Babelle (as Sleeping Beauty) though a linguistic funhouse of polylingual puns and wordplay recalling Joyces Finnegans Wake. A mock-scholarly commentary reveals the backgrounds of the masked revelers, while R oss punning and allusive language shows that words too wear masks, hiding an astonishing range of further meanings and implications.Larvas tale, a reassessment of the Don Juan myth in our time, is told in single-minded pursuit of double meanings, but it is serious play. It revives a Hispanic tradition repressed for centuries by introducing the Madhatter English tradition of puns, palindromes, and acrostics, by creating Joycean echoes and pushing language to its maximum connotative capacity. Larva has been praised by such leading Spanish-language writers as Carlos Fuentes, Juan Goytisolo, and Severo Sarduy, and establishes R os as the most accomplished successor to Joyce.