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MASO, Carol.

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ISBN 10: 0525943072 / ISBN 13: 9780525943075
Editorial: Dutton, NY, 1998
Condición: Fine Encuadernación de tapa dura
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First printing. SIGNED by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket. N° de ref. de la librería 1678

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Título: Defiance.

Editorial: Dutton, NY

Año de publicación: 1998

Encuadernación: Hardcover

Condición del libro:Fine

Condición de la sobrecubierta: Fine

Ejemplar firmado: Signed by Author(s)

Edición: 1st Edition

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A Harvard professor sentenced to die for the murder of two students, Bernadette O'Brien looks back on her life as a lonely, erotically charged genius who left her working class, Irish hometown in Massachusetts for the halls of academia. 17,500 first printing.


Harvard physics professor Bernadette O'Brien lies in a Georgia prison cell, awaiting execution for the murder of two students, killings that were performed as the culmination of intricate sexual ensnarements. As she prepares to die, Bernadette writes her life story in a notebook. That is the plot of Defiance... but this is not a novel that can be reduced to its plot; Carole Maso, in fact, repeatedly undermines efforts to glide through a straightforward narrative, plunging readers into the mind of her narrator. The novel's power comes not from its events, although those are certainly jarring enough, but from the ways in which those events are filtered through Bernadette's perspective--the juxtapositions of childhood traumas, mathematical puzzles, and cynical death row reflections (more than a few of which are inspired by the well-meaning social worker assigned to her case: "Not another stereotype at this late date. Please no."). Playing with various forms--symbolic logic, self-help literature, and sexual fantasy, among others--Maso takes a lurid tale and transforms it into a stunning glimpse into the mind of a woman who became a killer without, for all her sarcastic and unrepentant bravado, ever quite ceasing to be a victim. --Ron Hogan

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