Flight of the Swan is the irrepressibly charming tale of a world-famous Russian prima ballerina who finds herself stranded in Puerto Rico in 1917. Because of extraordinary political events in her home country, her troupe is forced to remain in the Caribbean for three months. During that time Madame falls desperately in love with a local, young revolutionary. Narrated by Madame's devotee Masha, Flight of the Swan explores the complexities of love and betrayal, and personal sacrifice for the sake of public art. Gradually, Masha comes to see that in spite of what she perceives as Madame's pretension and vanity, the ballerina's true love is dance, and she is prepared to forsake almost everything for it.
Like her National Book Award nominated The House on the Lagoon, Flight of the Swan is grounded in rich Puerto Rican history and culture and it compassionately and compellingly examines the essential question of where true happiness lies.
"The magic in Ferre's fiction arises from the intertwined experiences of human beings, carrying the story of twentieth-century Puerto Rico in the arc of their lives." (Mark Childress, The New York Times Book Review)
"A stunning display of talent...much of the beauty in Flight of the Swan lies in the effortless pirouettes of Ferre's lyrical writing." (The Miami Herald)
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Rosario Ferré is the author of The House on the Lagoon, a National Book Award finalist, Eccentric Neighborhoods, and Sweet Diamond Dust. She is a frequent lecturer in the United States.From Publishers Weekly:
Love and betrayal, political upheaval, the sacrifices required by dedication to art, and class differences are some of the themes that Ferr‚ (The House on the Lagoon) engages in this imaginatively conceived but strangely lackluster story of a Russian ballet company stranded in Puerto Rico in 1917. Suddenly rendered stateless by the Russian revolution, a touring troupe headed by a famous prima ballerina is forced to remain in San Juan. As narrated by Masha, a member of the company who idolizes Madame and serves as her devoted maid and confidante, the troupe becomes caught up in the nascent Puerto Rican independence movement. Madame, who preaches the sanctity of art to her virginal acolytes, herself falls in love with Diamantino M rquez, a young man half her age, who uses her to further his revolutionary activities. Devastated by Madame's emotional abandonment, Masha attempts to save her mistress from her unwise passion. At first, Ferr‚'s straightforward narrative style ably conveys a wealth of background information, but soon digressions to explain historical events and long monologues overwhelm the plot. Jarringly, Masha's narration is broken off abruptly and briefly late in the story to introduce another voice. Overall, the novel is bland, devoid of stylistic distinction and sadly lacking in dramatic tension: even the climactic scene describing a tragic brawl during a carnival has little suspense. Despite Ferr‚'s laudable intentions to encapsulate a period of Puerto Rican history by fictionalizing some events in the life of Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova, this novel falls short of her previous work. (June)Forecast: A highly successful novelist in Puerto Rico, Ferr‚ began her career writing in Spanish. She now writes directly in English, which may account for the pedestrian quality of this novel. Since there is more gusto in her Spanish prose, which she herself has called "baroque," a Spanish-language version of this novel will undoubtedly find a wider audience.
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Descrizione libro Plume, 2002. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110452283310
Descrizione libro Plume, 2002. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0452283310