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Woman in Battle Dress free pdf In 1809, at the age of eighteen, Henriette Faber enrolled herself in medical school in Parisand since medicine was a profession prohibited to women, she changed her name to Henri in order to matriculate. She would spend the next fifteen years practicing medicine and living as a man. Drafted to serve as a surgeon in Napoleon's army, Faber endured the horrors of the 1812 retreat across Russia. She later embarked to the Caribbean and set up a medical practice in a remote Cuban village, where she married Juana de Leon, an impoverished local. Three years into their marriage, de Leon turned Faber in to the authorities, demanding that the marriage be annulled. A sensational legal trial ensued, and Faber was stripped of her medical license, forced to dress as a woman, sentenced to prison, and ultimately sent into exile. She was last seen on a boat headed to New Orleans in 1827. In this, his last published work, Antonio Benitez Rojo takes the outline provided by historical events and weaves a richly detailed backdrop for Faber, who becomes a vivid and complex figure grappling with the strictures of her time. "Woman in Battle Dress" is a sweeping, ambitious epic, in which Henriette Faber tells the story of her life, a compelling, entertaining, and ultimately triumphant tale. Praise for "Woman in Battle Dress" ""Woman in Battle Dress" by Antonio Benitez-Rojo, which has been beautifully translated from the Spanish by Jessica Ernst Powell, is the extraordinary account of an extraordinary person. Benitez-Rojo blows great gusts of fascinating fictional wind onto the all but forgotten embers of the actual Henriette Faber, and this blazing tale of her adventures as a military surgeon and a husband and about a hundred other fascinating things is both something we want and need to hear."Laird Hunt, author of "Neverhome" "A fascinating novel, in a brilliant translation, about the unique fate of Henrietta Faber who played a gender-bending role in the history of Cuba."Suzanne Jill Levine, noted translator and author of "Manuel Puig and the Spider Woman: His Life and Fictions" "A picaresque novel starring an adventurous heroine, who caroms from country to country around the expanding Napoleonic empire, hooking up with a dazzling array of men (and women) as she goes. A wild ride!"Carmen Boullosa, author of "Texas: The Great Theft" "Very few novels dare to explore the historical representation of women to the extent that "Woman in Battle Dress" does, with impeccable veracity and bravado."Julio Ortega, Professor at Brown University, author of "Transatlantic Translations" Antonio Benitez-Rojo (19312005) was a Cuban novelist, essayist and short-story writer. He was widely regarded as the most significant Cuban author of his generation. His work has been translated into nine languages and collected in more than 50 anthologies. One of his most influential publications, "La Isla que se Repite," was published in 1989 by Ediciones del Norte, and published in English as "The Repeating Island" by Duke University Press in 1997. Jessica Powell has translated numerous Latin American authors, including works by Cesar Vallejo, Jorge Luis Borges, Ernesto Cardenal, Maria Moreno, Ana Lidia Vega Serova and Edmundo Paz Soldan. Her translation (with Suzanne Jill Levine) of Adolfo Bioy Casares and Silvina Ocampo's novel "Where There's Love, There's Hate," was published by Melville House in 2013. She is the recipient of a 2011 National Endowment for the Arts Translation Fellowship in support of her translation of Antonio Benitez Rojo's novel "Woman in Battle Dress.""

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Antonio Benitez Rojo (March 14, 1931 January 5, 2005) was a Cuban novelist, essayist and short-story writer. He was widely regarded as the most significant Cuban author of his generation. His work has been translated into nine languages and collected in more than 50 anthologies. Born in Havana, he lived in Cuba with his mother and stepfather from the age of seven. In the mid-1950s, backed by United Nations grants, Benitez-Rojo studied statistics at the United States Department of Labor and Commerce, and later studied in Mexico. Turning down offers to work in Chile or Geneva, he returned to Cuba in 1958 and became head of the Statistics Bureau at Cuba's Labor Ministry. Benitez-Rojo began working at the Ministry of Culture in 1965 and won the Premio Casa de las Americas for the short story collection "Tute de reyes" in 1967. The following year, he won a writers' union prize of a trip to a socialist country- however, the government did not permit him to leave Cuba.By 1975, Benitez-Rojo had been made head of Casa de las Americas, the publishing house run by the Cuban government. "Sea of Lentils," the English translation of his novel "El mar de las lentejas," was selected by the "New York Times" as one of the Notable Books of 1992. In 1980, he was given permission to attend a conference at the Sorbonne in Paris. He traveled from Paris to Berlin, obtained a US tourist visa, and came to the United States, where he joined his wife and children (who had self-exiled years before), and became a professor of Spanish at Amherst. One of his most influential publications, "La Isla que se Repite," was published in 1989 by Ediciones del Norte, and published in English as "The Repeating Island" by Duke University Press in 1997. Benitez-Rojo died in 2005. Jessica Powell has translated numerous Latin American authors, including works by Cesar Vallejo, Jorge Luis Borges, Ernesto Cardenal, Maria Moreno, Ana Lidia Vega Serova and Edmundo Paz Soldan. Her translation (with Suzanne Jill Levine) of Adolfo Bioy Casares and Silvina Ocampo's novel "Where There's Love, There's Hate," was published by Melville House in 2013. She is the recipient of a 2011 National Endowment for the Arts Translation Fellowship in support of her translation of Antonio Benitez Rojo's novel "Woman in Battle Dress.""

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Author : Antonio Benitez-Rojo
Publisher : City Lights Books
Data Published : 03 August 2015
ISBN : 0872866858
EAN : 9780872866850
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 512 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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