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Lettres d'une Peruvienne (VIF) (French) Paperback – Jun 2002


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This Voltaire Foundation Oxford Edition is written in French. 'Letters from a Peruvian Woman' (which is what the title translates to in English) was written in 1747 by a French authoress - Francoise de Graffigny who had been inspired to write it by Voltaire's play 'Alzire' which was set during the Spanish conquest of Peru. It's an 18th Century historical novel and looks at French society in a satirical way from an outsider's point of view. The novel is formed of a collection of letters written by an Incan princess, Zilia, to her fiancé Aza, who is also the Sapa Inca - the great one, and the letters tell the story of her capture by the Spanish Conquistadors and her rescue by French sailors and then her friendship with Deterville. This historical background for the novel of the conquest of the Incan Empire came from Inca Garcilaso de la Vega's 'History of the Incas'. Les Lettres d'une Péruvienne de Francoise de Graffigny figurent parmi les romans les plus populaires du dix-huitieme siècle, en France comme en Europe. L'histoire de Zilia, capture par des conquistadores, séparée de son amant inca, libérée et courtisée par un noble francais, était certes faite pour satisfaire le gout du siècle pour l'exotique et le sentimental. Mais c'était aussi un texte novateur et hardi qui, au-dela du sentimentalisme, explorait les problemes de communication vécus par Zilia, dans la culture francaise qui n'était pas la sienna. Combinant de facon inedited la fiction et la satire contemporaine, Graffigny crée une heroine definie autant par son intellect que par ses émotions, tout en s'appropriant un discours des Lumieres qui jusque-la n'appartenait qu'aux hommes. La fin, si controversée, donne a Zilia une independence sans précédent et remet sérieusement en question les présupposés traditionnels sur le role des femmes, aussi bien dans la littérature que dans la société


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HASH(0x9d95e72c) out of 5 stars Un livre magnifique 8 Jun. 2013
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J'ai lu ce livre deux fois dans deux cours différents et il est devenu un de mes livres préférés. Ce livre m'a beaucoup émue et je pense que la lutte pour l'indépendance contre ceux qui pensent nous faire de bien est toujours très pertinente.
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HASH(0x9cd44c0c) out of 5 stars Good stuff. 6 Sept. 2013
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Great feminist literature. Would highly recommend, although slightly difficult to read as it's older French. Wouldn't recommend for new French speakers.
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HASH(0x9cd90d38) out of 5 stars Great book! 18 Feb. 2008
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Great book! Not too difficult to read for intermediate French and the print is a reasonable size. The introduction is also interesting.
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IN FRENCH: surprising love story between two descendants from the Incas, taken to France in colonial times & integrated into French culture. fascinating!
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