Solitaire of Love

Solitaire of Love

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"Solitaire of Love explores the sense of emotional exile that sexual passion can evoke. Tracing the course of a relationship as it evolves into uncompromising self-destruction, the narrator of Solitaire of Love becomes addicted to his own passion and to the body of his beloved. Erotic, romantic love becomes bewitchment, producing a heightened state where time is measured in the rhythms of a chosen body and pride becomes subservient to obsession. The specifics of this other body trump any claim to ordinary existence for the narrator, as sex becomes a kind of idolatrous slavery and love becomes a mechanism for self-immolation. As in Peri Rossi's other works, an ambiguous sense of gender and sexuality arise from her uniquely experimental prose and mystically erotic logic. Language is subsumed into this process as a way to bear witness, to transfix and capture the love object. The limbo of obsession, as described by Peri Rossi, creates an infantilizing brand of loneliness, broken by flashes of joy, insight, fury, and fear."--Jacket.
Publisher: Durham : Duke University Press, 2000
ISBN: 9780822325031
Characteristics: 111 pages ; 25 cm


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Cristina Peri Rossi (b. 1941), today living, writing, and working as a commentator in Barcelona, is a Uruguayan novelist, and one of the leaders of the Latin American Boom, publishing for the first time in 1963. She has openly discussed the fact that she is not heterosexual, but declines a label.... Read More »

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