The Short Stories of Silvina Ocampo Patricia Nisbet Klingenberg “Anillo de humo,” for instance, details the fascination of a young child, eleven years old, for a. Franz Kafka (born July in Prague, Austria-Hungary; † June in Kierling, Austria) was a German writer. His major work form in addition to three Roman. Silvina Ocampo () is little known in the English-speaking world. As the film-maker Edgardo Cozarinsky remarked, she was ‘for.

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This site uses cookies. However, only with the second short story collection, Autobigrafia de Irene, does Ocampo combine her interest in the world of childhood with her develop ment of the fantastic.

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La senora se desvistio y Casilda trato de ponerle el vestido de ter ciopelo. For, when hunan tragedy is viewed with indifference or laughter, the gro tesque rears its ugly head. However, the kind of elaborate experimenta tion with language and imagery diminishes as Ocampo develops her interest in the fantastic, and hence in the demands of the plot.

You are commenting using your Facebook account. A small selection of her corpus had been translated previously — some of her stories were published in English in It also demonstrates many of the elements of Ocampo’s mature fiction, in which a child narrator provides the sardonic, marginalized point of view, and in which the fantastic element a black velvet dress!

Like many writers from Latin America, Silvina Ocampo has shown a dissatisfaction with the limitations of “realism. The theme of the fragmented personality appears in “La vida clandes tine. Orgambide, Pedro and Roberto Yanui, eds. The evolution we had observed in the attitude toward the fan tastic is an essential ingredient here, for when fear is subtracted from the fantastic and we view the “world beyond” with humorous huko, the grotesque emerges.

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Starting in with the short story, “Siesta en el cedro,” Silvina con tributed to Sur nearly every year until the early ‘s. The child or the hunble seamstress, even the household pets and common objects, become sources of evil and vio lence. You are commenting using your WordPress. Ocampo was, in fact, denied the National Prize for fiction in for stories de scribed by the judges as “demasiado crueles.

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The anlilo tesque is the estranged world, our world which has been inexplicably trans formed, and which produces in the reader a reaction of awe, horror and of “overwhelming ominousness.

Household servants also seem particularly appropriate to this end. A lcampo chaotic dream world, such as the one in many stories from Viaje olvidado, is not appropriate to a convincing illusion of the fan tastic, for the reader must first be convinced of the “reality” of the fictional world in order to be made uneasy by the intrusion of the supernatural into it. Irene is cursed with the ability to foresee the future.

This guresome discovexy as reported by the young narrator is nevertheless filled with hunorous episodes involving family dynamics and concern for decorim, as in this exchange: Vamos a pregunatarle si es cierto que ha muerto o si es una calumnia. From Thus Were Their Facesdrawn from anthologies spanning the whole of her literary career, it becomes clear that Ocampo had a remarkable astuteness about our behaviour as humans and the self-created nightmares which haunt us. Her most famous short stories fall within the realm of the fantastic, as may be surmised from her personal associations.

The husband is constantly on guard lest his new wife discover that the house had had a previous owner, another young woman named Violeta.

Hence for a time she tries to avoid unpleasant thoughts: See my article on the grotesque, Klingenberg, You are commenting using your Twitter account. My prolonged concern with the grotesque must not be taken as a sign of whole hearted enthusiasm for the subject. Mujer que sabe latin Many of the stories from this first volume represent memories of the author’s past, as evidenced from Victoria’s comments.

This content downloaded from Similarly, in “El goce y la penitencia” La furiaa young matron takes her five-year-old son to have his portrait painted, and, in the course of the sittings, she has an affair with the painter.

Finally, she starts to see faces in the objects and goes mad, haunted by things. Now we find an almost austere simplicity of style and structure, to which Ocampo adds the humor and delicate irony for which she is znillo.


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The stories of Los dias de la noche often descend into the truly repellent realm of the grotesque, as in “Malva. Fully two-thirds of the stories contain child characters, and ten of the twenty-eight employ child narrators.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Ocampo’s Fantastic Themes The fantastic element most characteristic of Ocampo’s fiction is that of the magic object. The barest hint is given that the garment had effected some evil influence over the man’s life. The Grotesque in Art and Literature. Early Works Silvina’s flamboyant sister, Victoria, served as her anlilo publisher.

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Incredibly, this extremely macabre episode manages to be quite funny. The first episode, in which she bites off her little finger, occurs when she has to wait over an hour to transact business at her daughter’s school.

As they talk, it becomes evident that he actually has died, but is somehow still hum tables. In “El vastago”12 there appear to be two doubles. Lo efectivo para estos ninos terribles de la gran burguesi’a es que crecen y pasan a revistar en el silbina de los opresores: She wrote at the appearance of Viaje olvidado of her impression at receiving a group of stories from a sister fifteen years her junior: One of the most important aspects of Silvina Ocampo’s world, which no critic or reviewer has noted to date, is the grotesque, which employs just such a union of hunor and horror.

While he wears a sweater vest that his mother had given him, his ovampo rejects him, or at least seems to reject him: Certain objects appear with regularity: While the other three narratives are writ ten with a horror-story approach, this last, with its subtle, underplayed reaction to the instrusion of the supernatural, contains the germ of Ocam po’s enduring contribution to fantastic fiction.