Fiction. Latino/Latina Studies. Women's Studies. Translated from the Spanish by Dick Cluster. Bilingual Edition. Edited by Sara E. Cooper. The crisp tension in this daring collection of short stories—with both the original Spanish and flawless English renditions—reveals a darker side of Cuban reality. One woman wakes up to find an unknown man fast asleep by her side. Another has misplaced her child, and doesn't know what to tell the police. A third has killed her racist and controlling father—or hasn't she, after all? A teenager at the beach—going, going, gone; a preteen suddenly abandoned with an unknown great-grandmother on the edge of nowhere; a professor who sees "the eye of the tiger" wherever she looks; a married woman who sees someone else in the mirror, someone playing an entirely different game. Ophelias is about women pushed to the edge of madness. These eight stories could happen anywhere—and they could happen only in Cuba.
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Born in 1958 in Holguín, Cuba, Aida Bahr earned her bachelor's and master's degrees at the Universidad de Oriente in Santiago de Cuba, and has resided in Santiago (Cuba's eastern "capital") since the 1980s. She is the author of the story collections Hay un gato en la ventana (Havana: Letras Cubanas, 1984), Ellas de noche (Havana: Letras Cubanas, 1989), Espejísmos (Havana: Ediciones Unión, 1998), and Ofelias (Havana: Letras Cubanas, 2007); the novels Las Voces y Los Ecos (San Juan, Puerto Rico: Plaza Mayor, 2004 and Havana: Ediciones Unión, 2006) and A merced di mi (Ediciones Unión, 2010); screenplays for films and TV; and two books of literary criticism. Aida Bahr's stories have been translated into English and Russian, and published in anthologies in Spain, Mexico, the United States, England, Argentina, and France. She has been a pioneer in publishing fiction in Cuba that looks at women's lives from a female point of view. Her fiction also stands out, in the literarily Havana-centric decades of the 1990s and 2000s, for being set in the cities and towns of eastern Cuba. For OFELIAS, she was the winner of the 2007 Premio Alejo Carpentier del Cuento (annual national literary prize in the category of short story collections) and the 2007 Premio de la Critica (National Critics Award).Author City: Santiago de Cuba CUB