El Tema De La Soledad En La Narrativa De Soledad PuÉrtolas

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Studies the novels and short stories of post-Franco Spain writer Soledad Puértolas, examining the dominant and unifying theme of solitude and loneliness. Literal and visual correspondences are established with the "realistic" paintings of Edward Hopper and other contemporary artists. Puértolas's fiction exposes the social and moral ills of her country and of all men confronting the solitude of their lives at the end of the twentieth century. Indifference and the lack of communication are constant themes, conveyed in a style that is often lyrical. In Spanish


"Her introduction situates Puértolas's work within a tradition of Spanish literature devoted to the theme of soledad, alludes to possible thematic links between her fiction and that of other Spanish writers of her generation, and sets forth a classification of types of solitude, personal, social, cosmic, etc. It is also in the introduction that the author attempts to establish connections between Puértolas's narrative art and paintings, principally those of Edward Hopper, with whom she shares not only a realist aesthetic, but also an intensely evocative vision of the isolation of modern man and urban life. This comparison is valid and illuminating. . . . the fine reproductions of works by Hopper, de Chirico, and Remedios Varo deepen readers' perception of Puértolas's artistic concerns and allow for visual interest and variety. . . . Where El tema de la soledad is strongest is in its attention to the general contours and evolution of Puértolas's prose fiction. DiNonno Intemann accurately captures the mood and central preoccupations of the Spanish writer's narrative fiction and carefully traces a movement toward greater complexity of plot and toward representation of a specifically Spanish bourgeoisie split in time and across generations by the transition to democracy. Furthermore, she has kept an ear open to the social and moral commentary that is often only implicit in Puértolas's intimate and lyrical voice. . . . provides a broad introduction to Soledad Puértolas's works and points to many possible avenues for futher critical studies of her fiction." - Revista de Estudios Hispánicos

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