The Naked Woman

The Naked Woman

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Armonía Somers
A woman’s feminist awakening drives a hypocritical village to madness in rural Uruguay.


Paperback Edition
ISBN: 9781936932436
Publication Date: 11-01-2018

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Translated by Kit Maude
Afterword by Elena Chavez Goycochea

When The Naked Woman was originally published in 1950, critics doubted a woman writer could be responsible for its shocking erotic content. In this searing critique of Enlightenment values, fantastic themes are juxtaposed with brutal depictions of misogyny and violence, and frantically build to a fiery conclusion.

Finally available to an English-speaking audience, Armonía Somers will resonate with readers of Clarice Lispector, Djuna Barnes, and Leonora Carrington.

“The extraordinary power of The Naked Woman lies in the mysterious sensation of a metaphor whose meaning is being suspended. Like all literary greats, Somers offers no answers, she just amplifies the questions.” —Andrés Barba, author of Such Small Hands

“A fiery, imaginative meditation on the reach of embodied consciousness, The Naked Woman is a Latin American hidden jewel." —Cristina Rivera Garza, author of The Iliac Crest

“Armonía Somers is an extraordinary writer whose erotic fairy-tale world is akin to that of Angela Carter. Thanks to Kit Maude’s perceptive rendering, the English-speaking reader can now discover one of the most original, and unfairly neglected, Latin American authors of the past century.” —Alberto Manguel, author of A History of Reading

“In the #MeToo era, this short but savage novel is essential reading. Hallucinatory, surreal, and beautifully brutal. Like a dream-vision that gets under your skin.” —Julianne Pachico, author of The Lucky Ones