Scent Of Love by Edla Van Steen. Pittsburgh. 2001. Latin American Literary Review Press. Translated from the Portuguese & With A Foreword by David S. George. 110 pages. 1891270125. Originally published in Portuguese as Cheiro de amor. 





    The fourth of Van Steen’s works to be published in English. This collection of two imaginative stories and a prizewinning title ‘novelette’ from the Brazilian actress, cabaret singer, and author demonstrates a variety of distinct voices and narrative styles. ‘Queen of the Abyss’, presented in modified dramatic form (including stage directions), extracts from the situation of an elderly man’s return, after several decades, to his former family a haunting lesson about the impossibility of rejecting the past. In ‘Less Than A Dream’, the discovery of an old infidelity subjects two beleaguered extended families to a succession of unpredictable, and hilarious, life changes. And ‘Scent of Love’, a newswoman’s reconstruction of the life of an impulsive woman revolutionary, deftly evokes the interrelatedness and complexity of sexual attraction, political allegiance, and moral relativism.



Van Steen EdlaEdla Van Steen (12 July 1936 – 6 April 2018) was a Brazilian journalist, actress and writer. The daughter of a Belgian father and a mother of German descent, she was born in Florianópolis, Santa Catarina and educated at a Catholic boarding school. She began work as a radio broadcaster and then became a journalist in Curitiba. In 1958, she starred in the film Garganta do Diabo (The Devil's Throat). She published a book of short stories Cio (In Heat) in 1965; technically it was her second collection of short stories - an earlier manuscript was lost before it could be published. She founded the art gallery Galeria Multipla and served as its director. Her novel Memórias do Medo (Memories of Fear) was published in 1974. In 1981, it was adapted for television. In 1977, she published her next collection of stories Antes do amanhecer (Before the dawn). The following year, she organized an anthology O Conto da Mulher Brasileira (The Story of the Brazilian Women); she also organized a week in honour of Brazilian writers, sponsored by the São Paulo Ministry of Culture. Her play O último encontro (The Last Encounter) received the Prêmio Molière and the Prêmio Mambembe for best play as well as a prize awarded by the São Paulo association of art critics. She wrote a second play Bolo de nozes (Nut Cake) in 1990. She translated works by playwrights such as Jean-Claude Brisville, Henrik Ibsen and Manfred Karge for the theatre. David George is associate professor of Spanish and Portuguese and chair of foreign languages at Lake Forest College in Illinois.






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