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Cantoras

by De Robertis, Carolina,

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Summary
"From the highly acclaimed, award-winning author of The Gods of Tango, a revolutionary new novel about five wildly different women who, in the midst of the Uruguayan dictatorship, find each other as lovers, friends, and ultimately, family. In 1977 Uruguay, a military government has crushed political dissent with ruthless force. In an environment where citizens are kidnapped, raped, and tortured, homosexuality is a dangerous transgression. And yet, despite such societal realities, Romina, Flaca, Anita "La Venus," Paz, and Malena--five cantoras, women who "sing"--somehow, miraculously, find each other and discover an isolated cape, Cabo Polonio, inhabited by just a lonely lighthouse keeper and a few rugged seal hunters. They claim this place as their secret sanctuary. Over the next 35 years, their lives move back and forth between Cabo Polonio and Montevideo, the city they call home, as they return, sometimes together, sometimes in pairs, with lovers in tow, or alone. Throughout it all, the women will be tested repeatedly--by their families, lovers, society, and each other--as they fight to live authentic lives. A genre-defining novel and De Robertis's masterpiece, Cantoras is a breathtaking portrait of queer love, community, forgotten history, and the strength of the human spirit. De Robertis has written a novel that is at once timeless and groundbreaking--a tale about the fire in all our souls and those who make it burn"--
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Cantoras is the Spanish word for singers. In her luminous new novel, however, de Robertis' (The Gods of Tango, 2015) uses it to refer to the five queer women in Uruguay who form the heart and soul of the story, singers in the sense that they remain true to themselves and sing in the way they choose to live their lives. In the early 1930s, the government had declared homosexual activity legal, but now, decades later, a coup and subsequent military dictatorship has led to punishment and even death for those who defy the norms. Somehow these women manage not only to survive but to thrive under hostile conditions. De Robertis tells their stories with heart and compassion as the women move back and forth between the city of Montevideo and the hamlet of Cabo Polonio. These five vibrant yet very different women are open to new experiences and unafraid to choose their own reality as they struggle with notions of family, friendship, and love while living under the shadow of despotism. A literary ode to difference.--June Sawyers Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "This sensuous tale from De Robertis (The Gods of Tango) takes readers to the author's native Uruguay during the 1970s to follow the harrowing lives of five women living under dictatorship. Bonded as cantoras, or "women who sing" (a coded term for lesbians at the time), Flaca, Romina, Anita, Malena, and Paz escape the oppression of their country's new regime and enjoy freedom at Cabos Polonio, a little known beach. Flaca is a risk taker who bucks tradition; Paz, a 16-year-old romantic just discovering who she is; Romina, a revolutionary who continues to fight despite punishment; Malena, a mysterious one hiding a dark past; and Anita, a beautiful housewife with dreams beyond her marriage. Back home in Montevideo, people disappear and women are raped, but in Polonio, relationships and romance flourish. Over the course of 35 years, these friends and lovers form a makeshift family as they struggle to find their place and awake to their true desires. After the dissolution of the civic-military dictatorship in 1985, formerly forbidden romances are allowed to take root and the characters learn how to live under democracy. De Robertis does a fine job of probing the harsh realities of what it takes to carve out a life of freedom under an oppressive government. (Sept.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Women Uruguay Fiction
Female friendship Fiction
Lesbians Fiction
Literature
Fiction
Electronic books.
Historical fiction.
Publisher [Place of publication not identified] :Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group2019
2019
Edition First edition.
Contributors OverDrive, Inc.
Language English
System Details Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Format: Adobe EPUB eBook
Format: Kindle Book
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Description 1 online resource
ISBN 9780525521709
9780525521709
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