About The Book
Described by The Washington Post Book World as “classic Latin American magical realism . . . [from] a remarkable voice,” Doña Inés vs. Oblivion is a rich saga melding national history with the story of one bitter family dispute. Doña Inés, matriarch of a wealthy family in eighteenth-century Caracas, is suing to regain the land her late husband bequeathed to his illegitimate mulatto son. Searching in vain for the original deed, she vows not to quit until the dust from the ancient documents rises up and chokes her. In 1780s she dies–but the spirit of Do’a In’s continues her quest through another two centuries of revolution, natural disaster, change, and social turmoil, riding the passionate tide of Venezuelan history to an ultimate conclusion. Beautiful, trenchant, and wickedly funny, it establishes Ana Teresa Torres as an important voice in world literature.
“Torres represents an important new generation of Venezuelan women writers.” –Isabel Allende
“A fascinating, exuberant exploration of race and class in Venezuela.” –Cristina García
“Exquisitely conceived and executed . . . Doña Inés will haunt serious readers of world literature for decades to come.” –Jay Parini
“Moves with languid dignity . . . Doña Inés’s cranky, engaging, importuning, resentful, obsessed and relentless voice guides us through a family history that is also mired in Venezuelan history.” –John Vernon, The New York Times Book Review
Winner of the Pegasus Prize for Literature