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La casa de azúcar por Silvina OCampo - Spanish Reading Group Melbourne

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Lulu Cafe & Gallery

506 Queensberry Street

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Join Fiona for Spanish Book Club for absolute beginners at Lulu Cafe Gallery - RSVP to spanishbookclubbeginners@gmail.com or pop over to the Facebook page #SpanishReadingGroupMelbourne.

About the Author: Silvina Ocampo Aguirre (July 28, 1903 - December 14, 1993) was an Argentine poet and short-fiction writer.

Silvina Ocampo is one of the twentieth century’s great masters of the short story. Italo Calvino once said about her, “I don’t know another writer who better captures the magic inside everyday rituals, the forbidden or hidden face that our mirrors don’t show us. She was born in Buenos Aires on 28 July 1903, the youngest of six sisters in a wealthy family. She was educated by private tutors and learned to read in French and English before Spanish. Throughout her writing life, ideas and phrases sometimes came to her in those other languages, to be transmuted into the language she lived in.

After studying painting with Giorgio de Chirico and Fernand Léger in Paris, she returned to Buenos Aires where she would live for the rest of her life—and devoted herself to writing. Her eldest sister, Victoria, was the founder of the seminal modernist journal and publishing house Sur, which championed the work of Jorge Luis Borges and Adolfo Bioy Casares, and in 1940 Bioy Casares and Silvina Ocampo were married.

About the story: A woman named Cristina is too superstitious to live in a house that has been previously occupied. Her husband deceives her and when they move into their dream home based upon his lie, strange and worrisome things start to happen that suggest Cristina’s fears were warranted.

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