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Revista Pilquen

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AMICOLA, José. La Condesa Sangrienta with illustrations by Santiago Caruso. Rev. Pilquen. secc. cienc. soc. [online]. 2013, vol.16, n.2, suppl.1, pp.00-00. ISSN 1851-3123.

The text before us presents a controversial statute, as is the umpteenth variation on life of the ominous Countess Erzbet Bathory, who in 1600 killed more than 600 Hungarian girls in his castle. What fascinated Pizarnik as a poet, and brought her to decide to write a commentary in prose from the biography by Valentine Penrose is the death drive that stirs in the background of the original story. However, by putting the verbs in the narrative present Pizarnik boycotts the gothic tale, as a chronic concatenation, and so doing, she adds a new layer to the fragmentation of the narrative. In this operating mode in which the Countess torturer does not stain her hands with the blood of others, are there "chamber maids" that encourage the black magic and the intensification of torture. These obscure figures give standing to Santiago Caruso´s intervention as illustrator for a new interpretation of the history. The illustrator does nothing but to look in the direction that the ritual shows us. The bloodshed that would bring youth and is also the theme of the illustrations give the basis for the appearance of red in the paintings that accompany the text, along with white and black, as basic colors to gauge the enormity of the history with which the lyric voice Pizarnik delights herself in a sublimated identification.

Palabras clave : Blood; Torture; Gothic Castle; Ritual; Girls.

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