Griselda Gambaro

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Griselda Gambaro

Griselda Gambaro (born July 24, 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 Argentina's most 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
  • The Impenetrable Madam X. Novel[4]. 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).

Performance of Gambaro's plays in English[edit]

  • In October 1981 The Camp (1967 play) was given its British premiere in a multi-racial production by Internationalist Theatre (originally known as New Internationalist Theatre ) in London. Directed by Barry Phillips, the cast included Richard Trent, Roy Lee and Angelique Rockas. Translation by William Oliver 1971 .[5]

As Michelene Wandor drama critic for Time Out magazine wrote in her preview, "Considered one of Gambaro`s masterpieces the play belongs to, " the school of allegorical theatre of oppression, written in a society in which brutality and censorship suppress democracy and the imagination ... (the play) draws political parallels by reference to Nazi concentration camps...the theatre of the absurd and the horrors on inner nightmare".[6] The performance was warmly received by the critics of Spare Rib,.,[7][8] Ann Morey of BBC Latin American Service, now BBC Mundo,[9][10] and Tom Vaughan of The Morning Star,[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. 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. ^ Gambaro, Griselda. "The Impenetrable Madam X". Google Books. 
  5. ^ "The Camp production by Internationalist Theatre". December 2016 – via 
  6. ^ Michelene Wandor (19 October 1981). "Preview of The Camp". Time Out (magazine) – via Internet Archive. 
  7. ^ Jenny Vaughan (February 1982). "Review of The Camp (El Campo)". Spare Rib (115): 46–47) – via British Library. 
  8. ^ Jenny Vaughan (Feb 1982). "El Campo (The Camp)". Spare Rib, Issue 115, pages 46-47 – via Internet Archive. 
  9. ^ Ann Morey (1981). "BBC Latin American review of The Camp". Griselda Gambaro The Camp – via Internet Archive. 
  10. ^ Ann Morey (26 October 1981). "BBC Latin American review of The Camp". BBC Latin American Service page 1 – via Internet Archive. 
  11. ^ Tom Vaughan (1981). "The Camp review ` Searing and of great power`". Morning Star – via Internet Archive. 

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