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Born in 1958 in Holguín, Cuba, Aida Bahr earned her bachelor's and master's degrees at the Universidad de Oriente in Santiago de Cuba, and has resided in Santiago (Cuba's eastern "capital") since the 1980s. She is the author of the story collections Hay un gato en la ventana (Havana: Letras Cubanas, 1984), Ellas de noche (Havana: Letras Cubanas, 1989), Espejísmos (Havana: Ediciones Unión, 1998), and Ofelias (Havana: Letras Cubanas, 2007); the novels Las Voces y Los Ecos (San Juan, Puerto Rico: Plaza Mayor, 2004 and Havana: Ediciones Unión, 2006) and A merced di mi (Ediciones Unión, 2010); screenplays for films and TV; and two books of literary criticism. Aida Bahr's stories have been translated into English and Russian, and published in anthologies in Spain, Mexico, the United States, England, Argentina, and France. She has been a pioneer in publishing fiction in Cuba that looks at women's lives from a female point of view. Her fiction also stands out, in the literarily Havana-centric decades of the 1990s and 2000s, for being set in the cities and towns of eastern Cuba. For OFELIAS, she was the winner of the 2007 Premio Alejo Carpentier del Cuento (annual national literary prize in the category of short story collections) and the 2007 Premio de la Critica (National Critics Award).
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  • Paperback: 191 pages
  • Publisher: Cubanabooks (July 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982786026
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982786024
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.8 x 4.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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"Ophelias" by author Aida Bahr, is a composition of thrilling short stories that tell the tale of individual Cuban women and their life struggles. In the book she deals with the topics of rape, early motherhood, adolescent love, death, and mourning. Every story is captivating and has a way of pulling the reader in with its colorful female characters that are in crucial points in their lives. Bahr uses a suspenseful form of narrating that keeps the reader guessing until the very last sentence.
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By nwalker5 on September 16, 2012
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Author Aida Bahr of "Ophelias," creates a suspenseful read as multiple stories come together to leave you wanting more. Bahr adds a twist to every story of real life conflicts, struggles and hardships from women and young girls. Without being subtle, Bahr uses reality to entertain her readers as they feel for each character. This book is a thrilling experience that will have you at the edge of you seat wanting to know what happens next. With the spontaneous endings and unpredictable nature of these stories, Bahr will have your eyes glued to the end.
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Ofelias por Aida Bahr es un libro muy profundo que presenta temas que incitan a la meditación y a pensar de una manera más abierta. Este libro cuenta con varios cuentos escritos por la misma autora y traducidos en inglés por Dick Cluster, así que están disponibles para el público en inglés y español. Hay ocho cuentos en total que tratan temas como el sexo, la homosexualidad, la mentira, la infelicidad, entre otros. Entre mis cuentos favoritos se destacan "Indefiniciones", "Juegos de mujer" y "Fugas". El primero me gusto mucho por la incertidumbre en la que te tiene la autora cuando esta narrando el incidente que ocurre con una mujer y su bebé, el final es tan sorpresivo e inesperado que definitivamente te dejará asombrado. "Juegos de mujer" trata dos temas más profundos y delicados; la homosexualidad y el suicidio. La historia de una mujer que descubre el Amor después de haber hecho su vida y se atormenta por ello. Por último, el cuento "Fugas" me agradó mucho por contar con otro final inesperado y cruel. Una anciana que no está muy cuerda de la cabeza tiene que cuidar de una niña que es su pariente pero nunca antes había conocido. Cuando terminé de leer este cuento no sabía si sentir tristeza o reírme. Por estas y otras reacciones que me causó leer este libro lo recomiendo a toda persona que le guste el suspenso y gozar de una buena literatura.
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