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Ophelias / Ofelias

A bilingual collection of short stories

OpheliasAida Bahr

By Aida Bahr

Translated by Dick Cluster

Retail price $17.95, Cubanabooks Website special only $12 + shipping!

Available through Amazon, Baker & Taylor, Ingrams, Bowker; soon to be out on Barnes & Noble and Indiebound.

ISBN 978-0-9827860-2-4

Suppose Ophelia were not a courtier's daughter in Elsinore, but a young girl left in the dry outback of the edge of nowhere while her mother pursued a dream, promising to collect her "soon"... Suppose she were a widow, confronted suddenly by keys to unknown doors, dangling from her husband's mysterious second key ring... Suppose she were a teenager longing for "real" life, or a married woman who discovers that the one she loves is actually another woman...

Suppose all these stories, and more, were set in the towns and cities of eastern Cuba: Holguín, Santiago, places that have rarely found themselves in fiction translated into English in the past...

Ophelias is a collection of stories about women pushed by circumstances to the edge of madness—a prize-winning collection by the captivating novelist, screenwriter, and short story author Aida Bahr.

These eight stories could happen anywhere—and they could happen only in Cuba. They are universal, yet grounded in the life of a very particular place and time. They will take you inside lives that you know, yet don't know. They will take you to a Cuba that is not at all about nightclubs, or politics, or vintage American cars.

They will take you to the edge of madness and back. 

Ofelia makes BookRiots top 100 Must-Read Latin American Books!

Reviews of Ophelias/Ofelias:

"Antigone in Havana," by Suzanne Gardinier, on Fruitful Place/Perishing World

Review on Minerva Rising, Literary Journal

"La literatura implica estilización," Interview (Spanish) with Aida Bahr, by Yinett Polanco, in La Jiribilla January 2007

Read reviews about the original Ofelias:

Bobes, Marilyn. "Ofelias, written by Aida Bahr, awarded the Alejo Carpentier Prize 2007 in the Short Story category." CubaHeadlines. Feb 18 2008.

Hernández, Helen. "Ofelias, un libro con alma de mujer." Alma Mater: La Revista Joven más antigua de Cuba. 7 de marzo del 2008.

Capote, Zaida. "Feminidades agónicas. Ofelias, de Aida Bahr." Mar Desnudo: Revista cubana de arte y literatura 13 (Feb. 2009)

Click here to listen to an interview and reading by Sara Cooper of An Address in Havana and Ophelias by María Elena Llana and Aida Bahr.