By Marjorie Agosin
Marjorie Agos?n has amassed in A Dream of sunshine and Shadow: pix of Latin American ladies Writers a wealth of very intimate, unique essays at the most eminent woman figures in Latin American literature from Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador, Uruguay, Argentina, and Brazil. a few of them are identified to the realm: Gabriela Mistral and Violeta Parra for instance. a few haven't but been well-known even in the borders of their very own international locations. What all of those girls have in universal is that each one creates her personal area in defiance of the bounds imposed upon her by means of society and is ready to locate freedom via inventive mind's eye. And regardless of the deep prejudices the entire girls during this anthology confronted in the course of their lifetimes, every one used to be in a position to conquer stumbling blocks and declare a valid position as a author on a cultural degree. All of those writers are vitally enthusiastic about the issues girls face in Latin the United States. they've got participated in crucial methods within the background in their respective nations, within the highbrow heritage of Latin the US, and whilst, their maximum contribution has been within the sharing of the non-public information of own tales, their very own and others.
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That is to say, writing becomes, for these women, a totally subversive activity. The women who make up this anthology form a mosaic of different personalities and fascinating work. Some are popular artists, others are art critics, and others, like Sofia Ospina and Victoria Ocampo, members of Latin America's upper class. Few belong to government hierarchies or work as diplomats. Although none earns a living in higher education, there are some schoolteachers. All of them have forged a visible space for themselves within the world of art and culture, managing to shed their invisibility, and have led fascinating and rebellious lives, challenging the pattern of male tradition as they forge their own cultural identities despite the hostility and silence that engulfs them.
Violeta Parra is noted for many contributions to the cultural life of Chile, including the compilation of more than three thousand songs, the sculpting of wire figures from cast-off materials, and the museum shows she organized to display her precarious art. Violeta's Parra entire life and work amount to a true cultural phenomenon of singular importance. Her artistic and personal lives were totally fused. Her studio was her home, and her artistic vision corresponded to the life she led. Much more than the other women in this book, Violeta Parra had to struggle.
A dream of light & shadow: portraits of Latin American women writers by Marjorie Agosin