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  • Written by Angeles Mastretta
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Cuando conoce al general Andrés Ascensio, Catalina es una muchacha que lo ignora todo de la vida. Él, en cambio, es candidato a Gobernador del Estado de Puebla, y sabe muy bien cuáles son sus objetivos de cacique. A las pocas semanas están casados.
Pero Catalina descubre muy pronto que no puede aceptar el modo de vida que le impone la nueva situación. No acepta, sobre todo, vivir sin amor. Es una criatura apasionada e imaginativa, casada con un hombre a quien sólo preocupan sus intereses políticos, en un contexto social donde la mujer no pasa de ser una figura exquisita, siempre bella pero al margen de lo importante...
Luego ocurre lo inevitable, y Catalina vuelve a amar, y se sabe correspondida, y vuelve a sentir en su alma todas las ilusiones y todas las esperanzas de ser mujer en un mundo que los hombres rigen de manera despiadada. Y ante ello quizá no le quede otra alternativa que reclamar, como en la canción popular de la que toma título la novela, Arráncame la vida.
Una joven relata su infancia y su matrimonio eventual a un general de la revolución mexicana. Por una de las escritoras más destacadas de la nueva literatura feminista mexicana, una novela inquietante sobre la vida de una mujer y una narrativa de un México post-revolucionario desde la perspectiva femenina.

A young girl recounts her girlhood and eventual marriage to a general of the Mexican revolution. by one of the most outstanding writers of the new feminist Mexican literature, it is at once a haunting novel of one woman's life and a powerful account of post-revolutionary Mexico from a female perspective.
Angeles Mastretta

About Angeles Mastretta

Angeles Mastretta - arráncame la vida
Ángeles Mastretta nació en la ciudad de Puebla, México, en 1949. Periodista, poeta, y narradora, estudió comunicación en la UNAM. Fue directora de Difusión Cultural de la ENEP Acatlán (UNAM) y del Museo del Chopo. Su novela Arráncame la vida le ha hado reconocimiento a nivel nacional (Premio Mazatlán de Literatura 1985) e internacional, pues ha sido traducida la alemán, inglés, italiano, francés, danés, turco, noruego, portugués, hebreo y holandés. Con Mal de amores, Ángeles Mastretta confirma que es una de las figuras centrales de la narrativa latinoamericana contemporánea. 

Ángeles Mastretta was born in Puebla, Mexico, in October 1949.  She began her writing career as a journalist for such publications as Siete, a magazine published by the Ministry of Public Education, and the afternoon paper Ovaciones.  In 1974 she was awarded a scholarship at the Mexican Writers’ Center, where she honed her skills among the writers Juan Rulfo, Salvador Elizondo, and Francisco Monterde.  In 1975, La pájara pinta (Colorful Bird), a collection of Mastretta’s poetry, was published.  However, the novel that she had been brainstorming for years did not reach fruition until an editor offered to pay her salary for six months so that she could quit her job and focus on writing.  Six months turned into a year and in 1985 Arráncame la vida (Tear This Heart Out, Riverhead Books, 1997) was published, winning the Mazatlán Prize for Literature for the best book of the year.  A stunning success both in Mexico and abroad, the novel quickly cleared a place for Mastretta in the canon of Mexican writers.


The success of Tear This Heart Out gave Mastretta the freedom to focus full time on writing fiction, yet the inspiration for WOMEN WITH BIG EYES is autobiographical, conceived when her infant daughter was gravely ill.  Hoping to convince the child that she was a necessary link in an unbroken chain of extraordinary women, Mastretta sat by her bedside telling stories, harvesting her family tree and her imagination to create a cast of magical, witty and colorful women, caught in pivotal moments of their life.  Realizing the power of these stories, she subsequently wrote them down so that they would not be lost, and WOMEN WITH BIG EYES was born. 

A warm, charming, and fiercely intelligent presence, Mastretta is famous for artfully crafting fiction that comments on the social and political realities of her country, and for giving birth to some of the most memorable and magical female characters ever caught between the covers of a book.  Also the author of Mal de Amores (Lovesick, Riverhead Books, 1997), she says that she does not know when she first decided to be a writer, but credits it to her beloved father, a journalist who died when she was very young.  A devoted mother of two, she claims to dedicate herself to literature in the foolish belief that what happens in Mexico is her business.  She wants her literature to be both accessible and exotic: “I want to give my readers a plane ticket to another world.”

  • arráncame la vida by Angeles Mastretta
  • June 23, 1998
  • Fiction - Literary
  • Vintage Espanol
  • $15.00
  • 9780375701993

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