About the translator: Alice Weldon has a PhD from the University of Maryland. She currently teaches Spanish, Humanities, and Women’s Studies at the University of North Carolina – Asheville. In addition to literary criticism on Latin American women writers, Weldon has published literary translations.2002 0-7734-7211-8
The novel chronicles the degeneration of a middle-class landowning family related to the national Revolution of 1952, agrarian reform and three decades of political repression. Vallejo skillfully intertwines “public” political abuse with “private” abuse of females, in which both silence and illness play major thematic and stylistic roles.