The Obscene Madame D (Paperback)

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By Hilda Hilst, Rachel Gontijo Araujo (Translator), Nathanael (Translator)
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"Is it metaphysical or just a big fuck fest?" Such is the question posed by another Hilda Hilst's characters in what was known to shocked and baffled critics as the Obscene tetralogy. And it seem like the elderly Madame D might go full Fifty Shades of Gray on Mr. D if she would only come out of her hiding place under the stairs. What? I don't know. But I do know that this book baffled and bowled me over from beginning to end, in the best of ways.

— Molly


The Obscene Madame D is the first work by acclaimed Brazilian author Hilda Hilst to be published in English. Radically irreverent and formally impious, this novel portrays an unyielding radical intelligence, a sixty-year-old woman who decides to live in the recess under the stairs. In her diminutive space, Madame D--for dereliction--relives the perplexity of her recently deceased lover who cannot comprehend her rejection of common sense, sex, and a simple life, in favor of metaphysical speculations that he supposes to be delusional and vain.

About the Author

HILDA HILST (1930-2004) was born in Jau, a small town in the state of Sao Paulo, in 1930. A graduate of law from the University of Sao Paulo, she dedicated herself to literary creation from 1954 to her death. She is recognized as one of the most important and controversial names in Brazilian contemporary literature and received some of Brazil's most prestigious literary prizes.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781937658069
ISBN-10: 1937658066
Publisher: Nightboat Books
Publication Date: September 11th, 2012
Pages: 80
Language: English