The Short Stories of Silvina Ocampo Patricia Nisbet Klingenberg “Anillo de humo,” for instance, details the fascination of a young child, eleven years old, for a. Franz Kafka (born July in Prague, Austria-Hungary; † June in Kierling, Austria) was a German writer. His major work form in addition to three Roman. Silvina Ocampo () is little known in the English-speaking world. As the film-maker Edgardo Cozarinsky remarked, she was ‘for.

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A story from La furia, “Los objetos,” for instance, seems to be an amplification of the earlier narrative, “La enemistad de las cosas” Viaje olvidadoin the sense that it repeats the recurring theme of the magical power of ordinay things. The reader is confronted with a ocampoo non-judgmental perspective, Kay ser’s “unimpassioned view.

Wolfgang Kayser’s book-length study of the grotesque stresses its para doxical nature: A seamstress reports the adven tures of her employer in “Las vertiduras peligrosas”6 and maids are witnesses in two stories of particularly grotesque characteristics, “Las escalavas de las criadas”7 and “La propiedad,”8 Distant relatives also seem to provide the necessary perspective, as in “Las fotografias”9 and in “El almacen negro.

For ex ample, in “El vestido verde aceituna,” the prissy governess and her fate are drawn with a smile, but finally, it is a sad smile at best; the irony of “El retrato mal hecho” and its horrifying conclusion hujo best foreshadows This content downloaded from This content downloaded from However, the kind of elaborate experimenta tion with language and imagery diminishes as Ocampo develops her interest in the fantastic, and hence in the demands of the plot.

However, only with the second short story collection, Autobigrafia de Irene, does Ocampo combine her interest in the world of childhood with her develop ment of the fantastic. A small selection of her corpus had been translated previously — some of her stories were published in English in El dragon de lentejuelas tambien tambaleo. Gradually, however, he becomes aware that Cristina is changing: Finally when one kills the other, the woman dies laughing in triumph, seemingly aanillo she had succeeded in infuriating the other to the ultimate degree.

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In Viaje olvidado Ocampo discovers a theme which will occupy her throughout her career, the theme of childhood. The day is quite hot, and they have come a long way by bus and on foot to deliver a dress to islvina woman who has ordered it for her impending trip to Paris.

Casilda volvi6 a tomar los alfileres, para colocarlos peligrosamente en aquellas arrugas de genero sobrenatural, que sobraban. In other stories, the children more frequently victimize the adult world. His silvins words sum up the paradoxical nature of his double tragedy, “Ya no se quien fue victima de quien, en esa casa de azucar Here Ocampo’s story borders dangerously on satire, something Kayser has forbidden the grotesque; but its salient features, the extremely macabre mutilations in contrast to silvinq nar rator’s ironic concern for social decorum, provide just the exaggeration of reality which Kayser claims as the essence of the true grotesque.

The Twisted Mirror: the Fantastic Stories of Silvina Ocampo

She is quick to remind us of the little monstrosities we might have missed when we blinked. Her best stories are marked by their transformation of commonplace objects and events into brief glimpses of supernatural powers beyond.

The theme of the double has been present almost from the beginning in Ocampo’s works, and is nearly always associated with the accompanying thane of the shattered or diminished personality, and even with that of madness. As we exam ine Ocampo’s uses of these themes we must keep in mind that every appearance of such universal ideas does not make every work in which they appear grotes que.

Incredibly, this extremely macabre episode manages to be quite funny. Ocampo is merciless in her exposition of us, but perhaps she forgives us the same time: Notify me of new comments via email. Fully two-thirds of the stories contain child characters, anill ten of the twenty-eight employ child narrators. They may take part in the insanity around them, but their attitude is one of detach ment or even amusement.

This wry child’s perspective appears in story after story by Ocampo: Home Documents The Twisted Mirror: Early Works Silvina’s flamboyant sister, Victoria, served as her first publisher. Nonetheless, despite a small group of devoted fans, she remained an author of hhumo few had heard. It also demonstrates many of the elements of Ocampo’s mature fiction, in which a child narrator provides the sardonic, marginalized point of view, and in which the fantastic element a black velvet dress!


Victoria was also the first of Silvina’s literary critics. No corn’ a la ventana, para curiosear, como otras veces. I gladly admit that I, too, experienced the negative reaction likely to be provoked in the reader by certain chapters of my book or by a glance at its illustrations.

Finally, she starts to see faces in the objects and goes mad, haunted silbina things. Whilst it is possible to classify these stories as falling within the genres of Magic Realism and modernism, Ocampo takes her stories to much stranger, darker places: In literary grotesques, the mixture of comedy and tragedy, or the horrible and the ludicrous.

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Her certainty about human behaviour is derived from her remarkable ability to put the everyday horrors of the way we relate to the world and ourselves under a magnifying glass. At the point when the men lay Estanislao, the hunchback, out under the steaming in dustrial iron, the young narrator, who has dipped into ocamlo of sivina wine himself, gets sick from the heat and the crush of the people, and leaves.

The narrator finds animal paw prints and animal hair in her bedroom. As the action progresses, a contrast is made evident between the world of wealth and privilege of the costumer, and the world of necessity and hard work of the two working-class characters. Best known for her short stories, she is also the prize-winning author of seven volunes of poetry.

Editorial Sud americana,pp. Miss Fielding, the victim of one of Ocampo’s most unforgettable little villains, Porfiria Berna, says: