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Book Title: Hunger’s Brides: A Novel of the Baroque|
The author of the book: W. Paul Anderson
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Edition: Da Capo Press
Date of issue: August 9th 2005
ISBN 13: 9780786715411
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On a frigid winter's night, a man escapes from an apartment in which a young woman lies bleeding. In his hands he clutches a box he has found there. He is Donald Gregory, a once-respected college professor and serial adulterer, whose last affair has left his career in ruins. She is Beulah Limosneros, one of his students and for a brief time his lover.
Beulah had disappeared into Mexico two years earlier, following her obsession with Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, who was born in 1648, entered a convent at age nineteen, and became the greatest poet of her time, only to die of plague in 1695. As a police investigation closes in around Gregory, he examines the box's contents, fearful of incriminating evidence Beulah may have against him—translated poems of Sor Juana, a travel journal, research notes on the Spanish conquest of the Americas and the Inquisition, diary entries concerning him, and a strange manuscript about Sor Juana.
Based on the life of one of literature's most compelling figures, Paul Anderson's astonishing debut unveils a great poet's withdrawal from the world who at the height of her creative powers signs a vow of contrition in her own blood.
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Read information about the authorAnderson left Canada in his early twenties and spent fifteen years travelling in Asia, studying in Europe, teaching in Latin America, along the way logging 25,000 miles of coastal and ocean sailing, having twice crossed the Atlantic as a delivery sailor, and has partnered in a sailing charter operation in the Caribbean. He has worked as a deckhand in Monte Carlo, fruit picker in Switzerland and construction worker in Australia.
Excerpts from Hunger's Brides have appeared in Queen Street Quarterly and Prairie Fire, in the Banff Writer’s Studio anthology Rip Rap, and in the cultural supplement of the Mexico City daily La Crónica. In 1996, Calgary’s legendary One Yellow Rabbit performance theatre toured a dramatic reading adapted from the manuscript by the author, and performed in the convent where Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, the central character of the novel Hunger’s Brides, lived out her life.
Hunger's Brides has been a selected as a Kiriyama Pacific-Rim Prize Notable Book, finalist for a Commonwealth Writers prize, and finalist for a W.O. Mitchell Prize. In 2005, Hunger's Brides was named Writers Guild of Alberta novel of the year.
Anderson lives for the moment in Canada.
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