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Federico Andahazi   book cover  
Federico Andahazi    
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The Anatomist: an excerpt

  Renaissance scholar Mateo Colombo, like his namesake, sees himself as a great explorer. His America, his greatest discovery, is not a far distant place--he has discovered the clitoris. This discovery, however, threatens the very foundations of religious and temporary society. Rich with historical detail, The Anatomist explores themes of female sexuality and desire which remain controversial to this day. In Andahazi's native Argentina, the novel was at the center of enormous scandal when the sponsor of a literary prize awarded to Andahazi revoked the honor, calling Andahazi a Communist pornographer.

In Bold Type this month, we bring you an excerpt from The Anatomist and an essay by editor Patricia Mulcahy on her decision to acquire the novel and publish it in English.

Photo of Federico Andahazi copyright © Alejandra López.

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