Griselda Gambaro

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Griselda Gambaro

Griselda Gambaro (born 24 July 1928) is an Argentine writer, whose novels, plays, short stories, story tales, essays and novels for teenagers often concern the political violence in her home country that would develop into the Dirty War. One recurring theme is the desaparecidos and the attempts to recover their bodies and memorialize them. Her novel Ganarse la muerte was banned by the government because of the obvious political message.[citation needed]

Gambaro is a celebrated playwright, and she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1982, as well as many other prizes.[1][2][3]

Selected works in English translation[edit]

  • The Camp by Griselda Gambaro. Play. Translated by William Oliver in 1971; first staged performance in UK in 1981 by the Internationalist Theatre company.[4]
  • The Impenetrable Madam X. Novel.[5] Translated by Evelyn Picon Garfield. by Griselda Gambaro (1991)
  • Information For Foreigners by Griselda Gambaro and Marguerite Feitlowitz. Contains 3 plays: The Walls, Information for Foreigners, and, Antigona Furiosa. Edited, Translated and with an Introduction by Marguerite Feitlowitz. With an afterwortd by Diana Taylor (March 1, 1992)
  • Saying Yes. Play. Sebastian Doggart, Nick Hern Books, 1996.
  • Siamese Twins by Griselda Gambaro and Gwen MacKeith (September 1, 2011).

Selected performances in the United Kingdom[edit]

  • In October 1981, the New Internationalist Theatre launched the English language premiere of Gambaro`s The_Camp_(1967 play) in London at the Africa Centre and York and Albany.[6] The date was chosen to coincide with the publication by the IADA (International Association in the Defence of Artists (Paris)) on the ongoing cultural repression by the Argentine regime, which also provided a list of disappeared artists and intellectuals. The play has been described "as coming from the allegorical theatre of oppression, written in a society in which brutality and censorship suppress democracy".[7] Gambaro herself had gone into self-imposed exile after the banning of her novel Ganarse la Muerte in 1977.[8]
  • In September 2011, The Siamese Twins (translated by Gwen MacKeith) had its UK premiere directed by Mara Lockowandt and Jorge Perez Falconi for the Silver Lining Theatre and performed at Theatro Technis.[9] Jonathan Lovett for The Stage noted that the UK premiere was "long overdue" and called it an "atmospheric production" that "weav[es] comedy into menace, and vice versa".[10] Howard Loxton for the British Theatre Guide wrote of Siamese Twins that, "on one hand this play is an outcry and a prescient warning about this the misuse of authority and fearful acquiescence before it and on the other a picture of the exploitation, cruelty and even torture that even partners or siblings can inflict upon each other."[11]

Selected works in Spanish[edit]

  • Madrigal en ciudad. Tales. Ed. Goyanarte, Buenos Aires, 1963.
  • El Desatino. Tales. Emecé Editores, Buenos Aires, 1965.
  • Una felicidad con menos pena. Novel. Ed. Sudamericana, Buenos Aires, 1967.
  • El Campo. Play, 1967.
  • Nada que ver con otra historia. Novel. Ediciones Noé, Buenos Aires, 1972; 2ª ed, Torres Agüero Editor, Buenos Aires, 1987.
  • La cola mágica. Story tales. Ediciones de la Flor, Buenos Aires, 1976.
  • Conversaciones con chicos. Sobre la sociedad, los padres, los afectos, la cultura. Timerman Editores, 1976; Ediciones Siglo XX, 1983.
  • Ganarse la muerte. Novel. Ediciones de la Flor, Buenos Aires, 1976.
  • Dios no nos quiere contentos. Novel. Ed. Lumen, Barcelona, 1979.
  • Lo impenetrable. Novela. Torres Agüero Editor, Buenos Aires, 1984 and 1988.
  • Teatro 1. Including the plays "Real envido", "La malasangre" ("Bad blood") y "Del sol naciente" ("Rising Sun"). Ediciones de la Flor, Buenos Aires, 1997 (3ª edición).
  • Teatro 2. Plays: "Dar la vuelta", "Información para extranjeros" ("Information for foreigners"), "Puesta en claro" y "Sucede lo que pasa". Ediciones de la Flor, Buenos Aires, 1995 (2ª edición).
  • Teatro 3. "Viaje de invierno", "Nosferatu", "Cuatro ejercicios para actrices", "Acuerdo para cambiar de casa","Sólo un aspecto", "La gracia", "El miedo", "El nombre", "El viaje a Bahía Blanca", "El despojamiento", "Decir sí" and "Antígona furiosa". Griselda Gambaro, Ediciones de la Flor, Buenos Aires, 1997 (3ra. edición).
  • Teatro 4. "Las paredes" ("The walls"), "El desatino", "Los siameses" ("Siamese twins), "El campo" ("The camp") y "Nada que ver". Griselda Gambaro, Ediciones de la Flor, Buenos Aires, 1990 (2ª edición).
  • Teatro 5. "Efectos personales", "Desafiar al destino", "Morgan" and "Penas sin importancia". Griselda Gambaro, Ediciones de la Flor, Buenos Aires, 1991.
  • Teatro 6. "Atando cabos", "La casa sin sosiego", "Es necesario entender un poco". Griselda Gambaro, Ediciones de la Flor, Buenos Aires, 1996.
  • Después del día de fiesta. Novel. Editorial Seix Barral, Buenos Aires, 1994.
  • Lo mejor que se tiene. Stories. Grupo Editorial Norma, 1997.
  • Escritos inocentes. Essays. Grupo Editorial Norma, Buenos Aires, 1999.
  • El mar que nos trajo. Novel. Griselda Gambaro, Editorial Norma, Buenos Aires, 2002.
  • Teatro (cinco piezas). Grupo Editorial Norma, Buenos Aires, 2002.
  • Promesas y desvaríos. Novel. Grupo Editorial Norma, Buenos Aires, 2004.
  • Teatro 7. Plays: "No hay normales", "En la columna", "Pisar el palito", "Para llevarle a Rosita", "Cinco ejercicios para un actor", "Almas" ("Souls"). Ediciones de la Flor, Buenos Aires, 2004.
  • A nadar con María Inés. Novel. Griselda Gambaro, Editorial Alfaguara (For kids and teenagers), Buenos Aires, 2005.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Taylor, Diana (2003). Holy Terrors: Latin American Women Perform. Duke University Press. pp. 93–94. ISBN 978-0-8223-3240-4.
  2. ^ Cypress, Sandra Messinger (1990). "Griselda Gambaro". In Diane E. Marting (ed.). Spanish American women writers: a bio-bibliographical source book. Greenwood Publishing Group. pp. 186–198. ISBN 978-0-313-25194-8.
  3. ^ Smith, Verity (1997). Encyclopedia of Latin American literature. Taylor & Francis. pp. 343–45. ISBN 978-1-884964-18-3.
  4. ^ Ann Morley-Priestman (November 19, 1981). "British Newspaper archive scan of The Stage review of The Camp 3/12". The Stage – via
  5. ^ Gambaro, Griselda (1991). The Impenetrable Madam X. Wayne State University Press. ISBN 9780814321263 – via Internet Archive.
  6. ^ "The Camp Context".
  7. ^ The Camp context, IADA, Michelene Wandor,
  8. ^ "Griselda Gambaro".
  9. ^ Griselda Gambaro (September 6, 2011). "The Siamese Twins". Silver Lining theatre – via
  10. ^ Jonathan Lovett (September 9, 2011). "The Siamese Twins". The Stage.
  11. ^ Howard Loxton (September 9, 2011). "The Siamese Twins". British Theatre Guide – via

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