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Published: 26 January 2009

208 Pages | 2 b/w

ISBN: 9780199208173

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Letters of a Peruvian Woman

Françoise de Graffigny
Jonathan Mallinson

Oxford World's Classics

  • A new translation of Graffigny's groundbreaking eighteenth-century novel, in which an Inca woman is brought to France and experiences a new and alien society, combining a love story with devastating social commentary.
  • The introduction looks in detail at the originality of the novel, the reasons for its enormous popularity, and the controversy it aroused.
  • Appendices include extracts from text not easily obtainable elsewhere: Graffigny's principal source, Garcilosa's Royal Commentaries of Peru, and contemporary French continuations of the novel and continuations/adaptations of the novel in England.
  • The first fully annotated English translation, based on the most recent and reliable critical edition of the text, which retains Graffigny's subtle characterization.