The Topless Tower

The Topless Tower When a mysterious stranger arrives laden with paintings Leandro finds his quiet life instantly and mysteriously disrupted Awakening locked in a windowless room in a topless tower he finds himself tr

  • Title: The Topless Tower
  • Author: Silvina Ocampo James Womack
  • ISBN: 9781843918554
  • Page: 290
  • Format: Paperback
  • When a mysterious stranger arrives laden with paintings, Leandro finds his quiet life instantly and mysteriously disrupted Awakening locked in a windowless room in a topless tower, he finds himself trapped the subject in one of the stranger s eerie paintings Heavily influenced by nonsense literature such as Lewis Carroll s Alice in Wonderland and the surrealist movementWhen a mysterious stranger arrives laden with paintings, Leandro finds his quiet life instantly and mysteriously disrupted Awakening locked in a windowless room in a topless tower, he finds himself trapped the subject in one of the stranger s eerie paintings Heavily influenced by nonsense literature such as Lewis Carroll s Alice in Wonderland and the surrealist movement in South America, The Topless Tower features all the typical hallmarks of Silvina Ocampo s fantastical writing With subtle inflections of language and tremendous displays of imagination running riot, Ocampo s writing is beautifully translated here by James Womack.

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    About “Silvina Ocampo James Womack

    • Silvina Ocampo James Womack

      Silvina Ocampo Aguirre July 28, 1903 December 14, 1993 was an Argentine poet and short fiction writer.Ocampo was born in Buenos Aires, the youngest of the six children of Manuel Ocampo and Ramona Aguirre She was educated at home by tutors One of her sisters was Victoria Ocampo, the publisher of the literarily important Argentine magazine Sur She studied drawing in Paris under Giorgio de Chirico She was married to Adolfo Bioy Casares, whose lover she became 1933 when Bioy was 19 They were married in 1940 In 1954 she adopted Bioy s daughter with another woman, Marta Bioy Ocampo 1954 94 who was killed in an automobile accident just three weeks after Silvina Ocampo s death.

    585 thoughts on “The Topless Tower


    • A slim, 50-page fairy tale about Leandro, an immature boy who mocks the Devil, which results in his being trapped in an infinitely tall, windowless tower. All alone, he passes the time by drawing objects, animals, and people who come alive and exit his paintings. As he interacts with Ifigenia, a girl he drew, and Love, a loyal dog, Leandro begins to grow up.I enjoyed this as an introduction to Silvina Ocampo's work. She was an Argentine author who was friends with the two giants of twentieth-cen [...]


    • This was a curious story - modern, imaginative and original. The use of fantastical imagery, and possibilities gave rise to tension, and mystery that drives much of the story on. What's interesting about The Topless Tower, it could, in spite of a few 'mature' words be read by children much like Alice in Wonderland. There's an accessibility to this novella provided the reader allows themselves to accept the story without any presumptions, especially the kind modernist (and post-modernist) works o [...]


    • Trippy. lovely ending:"How changed you are! Where did you learn to be such a good boy?''Oh I've learned a great many things.''Like what?''That the Devil is not so devilish. That insects and reptiles are not so bad, that drawing is not so hard, that falling in love is beautiful, that there's nothing quite as good as having friends, that happiness exist, and sometimes happiness has the face of a dog. That being brave means being scared but not paying attention to it, not caring about the fear. Tha [...]


    • Surreal fiction. Reminded me a bit of Leonora Carrington's work -- albeit without the sense that everyone is doomed.





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