Cecilia Valdes has ratings and 14 reviews. Ivonne said: Set in colonial Havana, Cecilia Valdés by Cirilo Villaverde opens a window to the evils of sl. Free kindle book and epub digitized and proofread by Project Gutenberg. The main plot of Cecilia Valdes is typical of the Romantic novel, . Esteban Rodriguez Herrera, ed., Cirilo Villaverde, Cecilia Valdes o laLoma del Angel.

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Borchardt Library, Melbourne Bundoora Campus. There are the elite social circles of European and New World Whites, the rich culture of the free people of color, the class to which Cecilia herself belonged, and then the slaves, divided among themselves between those who were born in Africa and those who were born in the New World, and those who worked on the sugar vkllaverde and those who worked in the households of villavetde rich people in Havana.

Set in the Havana of the s, the novel introduces us to Cecilia, a beautiful light-skinned mulatta, who is being pursued by the son of a Spanish slave trader, named Leonardo.

Cecilia Valdes : or El Angel Hill

Written inVillaverde was describing contemporary evils much as Harriet Beecher Stowe did. Cuando la abuela mulata le dice a la muchacha que porqu Al leer esta narrativa situada en Cuba en el siglo XVIIII, se reconocen con no mucha sorpresa las nociones racistas con que hemos crecido.


Read this book for the setting, the history and the story vignettes and significantly for me the side characters slaves etc were the more interesting.

There are sub-plots involving Cecilia’s enslaved wet-nurse and her husband and several side stories which are related in greater detail than the conclusion of the main story. Oxford University Press; villavrede edition September 29, Language: The book takes place in decilia 19th century Cuba and was published in in Havana, revised several times, then published in New York City in Found at these bookshops Searching – please wait In this new English translation, a vast landscape emerges of the moral, political, and sexual depravity caused by slavery and colonialism.

Cecilia Valdes: Or El Angel Hill

This page was last edited on 3 Septemberat It’s a long book, written in an old style like a Dickens novel. For the contemporary reader Helen Lane’s masterful translation of Cecilia Valdes opens a cecillia window into the intricate problems of race relations in Cuba and the Caribbean.

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Language English View all editions Prev Next edition 2 of 2. Leonardo unwittingly falls in love with Cecilia, his half-sister, and she with him.

Studying the book for my PhD exam alongside contemporary works like Huck Finn and Silas LaphamI wondered if the book isn’t as “American” as it is “Cuban” considering Villaverde wrote it after living in the United States for decades, but ceciia a question for a longer investigation See all 11 reviews.


Cecilia had thought her mother was dead. He abandons her and becomes betrothed to a white upper class woman, Isabel Ilincheta.

Cecilia Valdés or El Angel Hill – Cirilo Villaverde – Oxford University Press

Unbeknownst to the two, they are the children of the same father. Needless to say, this tale of star-crossed lovers will end tragically. Manuel Antonio De Almeida. Cecilia Valdes is his best-known work and has been translated into many languages, including Russian and Chinese. Audio CD Verified Purchase.

To include a comma in your tag, surround the tag with double quotes. Retrieved from ” https: In this new English translation, a vast landscape villvaerde of the moral, political, and sexual depravity villaverfe by slavery and colonialism. His mother is a malignant enabler. See and discover other items: Add both to Cart Add both to List. Open to the public. In addition to critcisms of slavery, the novel also shines a light on the racial and class system of colonial America.