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Vermeer's Milkmaid: And Other Stories [Paperback]

Manuel Rivas
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2 Jan 2003

The theme of non-communication in human relationships in a world saturated with information is the connecting thread in this collection of stories. The mystery of light in Vermeer's famous painting inspires a writer; a travelling lingerie salesman is helped by a rock musician as he waits for his runaway son; an emigrant describes his experiences in Havana to his nephew; a thief, killed while robbing a bank, recounts his love story.

Non-communication in a world saturated with information is the connecting theme in this lively collection of stories by the author of The Carpenter's Pencil. The everyday lives of Rivas's unforgettable characters may be desperate and harsh, filled with pain and solitude, but humour and tenderness always redeem them. Vermeer's Milkmaid includes the three stories that comprise Butterfly's Tongue, upon which Jos- Luis Cuerda's acclaimed film of the same title is based.


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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; New Ed edition (2 Jan 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 009944707X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099447078
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.4 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,012,318 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘An author who knows how to introduce poetry not just into his sentences but into his way of looking at the world’ -- Le Monde

‘He is an important storyteller because he is sensitive and has an incredible ear, which, in his fiction, is allied to great integrity’ -- John Berger

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He is an important storyteller because he is sensitive and has an incredible ear, which, in his fiction, is allied to great integrity - John Berger

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These short stories have been translated from the original Galician and retain a strong flavour of that region of Spain. Rivas writes with great naturalness in a flowing style that is full of beautiful and striking figures of speech. He depicts a wide variety of situations in the different tales, but they are all very engaging and human and frequently involve an element of mystery or an unexpected twist. Although all the stories are quite short the author always has a powerful storyline and it is not surprising that episodes from the stories have been used in the making of the Spanish films "The Butterfy's Tongue" and "Vacas".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Poetic and compelling short stories 6 Jan 2004
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There is something interesting and different in all these well observed short stories about Galicia in North West Spain. The title piece is a touching tribute to the author's mother who is seen in the same light as Vermeer's milkmaid. A pageant of characters both young and old illuminate the other stories with fantastical results. Rivas certainly has his own distinctly quirky take on life which is heightened by his poetic writing and vivid imagination. These stories are an intoxicating prelude to his other books, but stand as important works of their own.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you haven't yet, you should. 26 Mar 2004
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Manuel Rivas is a painter of words. And he doesn't require many to paint pictures full of sense and sensuality, hope and despair, full of the basic elements that connect to all of our lives. He crafts his stories to utilize as little space as is necessary. If you can read Spanish translations of Gallego, do because they are brilliant. If you can't, read this. In any event, his talent transends language.
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