LAS HORTENSIAS FELISBERTO HERNANDEZ PDF

Post a Comment. Pages home about feed tags index. Tuesday, February 13, doll. Partly perhaps as a substitute for the child that they cannot have 44 , and also we're told partly because of his fears of mortality and particularly of the possibility his wife might pre-decease him 20 , Horacio acquires a collection of life-size dolls that he has arranged in a series of tableaux vivants. But one doll in particular becomes rapidly an object of obsession for them both. This is Hortensia, made in the likeness of his wife whose middle name is Hortensia , who stands in for wife, child, sister, and increasingly Horacio's lover.

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Post a Comment. Pages home about feed tags index. Tuesday, February 13, doll. Partly perhaps as a substitute for the child that they cannot have 44 , and also we're told partly because of his fears of mortality and particularly of the possibility his wife might pre-decease him 20 , Horacio acquires a collection of life-size dolls that he has arranged in a series of tableaux vivants.

But one doll in particular becomes rapidly an object of obsession for them both. This is Hortensia, made in the likeness of his wife whose middle name is Hortensia , who stands in for wife, child, sister, and increasingly Horacio's lover. But there's something slightly sinister about the "surprises" she likes to play on her husband by switching roles with the doll, dressing her in her own clothing and providing her with animate qualities at the same time as she herself takes on increasingly doll-like roles.

Soon collusion turns to jealousy as Horacio takes this simulation a stage further, having Hortensia fitted with veins through which warm water can be piped for additional verosimilitude, and fixing his desire ever more firmly on the mannequin. There's a sense from the start that such reflections and imitations are always likely to get out of hand, and to lead towards madness.

Horacio feels himself surrounded by disturbing signs, above all the sense that "the dolls had their secrets," that they are "full of omens," and that they appeared to be "hypnotized beings carrying out unknown missions or lending themselves to unsavoury designs" Unable or unwilling to trust his own senses, and with the feeling that his desire has become delirious increasingly [un]fixed on part objects--the dolls' detached limbs floating in a tank , Horacio himself becomes ever more of an automaton: he scarcely moves, "his eyes fixed as though they were glass, his silence that of a doll" In a final breakdown, in terror at one last surprise on the part of his wife, one last substitution in which she plays the part of a doll, we find him setting off across the flowerbeds "heading towards the sound of the machines" Horacio has definitively abandoned human reproduction centered around the closed world of the domestic couple, to ally himself with the infinitely more productive if also more disturbing world of the factory.

In the proliferation of representations that modernity allows, any distance between sign and thing has for him broken down. So why not enter fully into the world of things, abandoning pretensions to puppet mastery, to some kind of transcendent humanity? Posted by Jon at p. Email This BlogThis!

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Love the author photo! The whole thing sounds like a film. Is there one, I wonder? I've been wanting to use that photo for months, but I kept putting off writing about Felisberto's great short story "The Balcony" for some reason. Anyway, there should be a movie adaptation of Las Hortensias ; however, I'd settle for a so-so documentary about its author.

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