Ema the Captive
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Ema the Captive

3.41 (275 ratings by Goodreads)
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In nineteenth-century Argentina, Ema, a delicate woman of indeterminate origins, is captured by soldiers and taken, along with with her newborn babe, to live as a concubine in a crude fort on the very edges of civilization. The trip is appalling (deprivations and rapes prevail along the way), yet the real story commences once Ema arrives at the fort, where she takes on a succession of lovers among the soldiers and Indians, leading to a brave and grand entrepreneurial experiment. As is usual with Aira's work, the wonder of the book is in the details of customs, beauty, and language, and the curious, perplexing reality of human nature.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 127 x 178 x 18mm | 210g
  • New Directions Publishing Corporation
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0811219100
  • 9780811219105
  • 463,620

Review quote

An elegant, almost ethereal story of one woman's survival.show more

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275 ratings
3.41 out of 5 stars
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4 33% (91)
3 34% (93)
2 15% (42)
1 3% (8)
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