Lisa St Aubin de Terán

(b. 1953)

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(1953– ),

novelist, daughter of Guyanese writer Jan Carew (1925– ). She married a Venezuelan landowner when she was 16, and her travels and experiences are reflected in Keepers of the House (1982), about the decline of the Beltran family, its feuds, its tragedies, and its decaying elegance, from the days of Columbus through to the 1970s. The vast plantation of sugar and avocado recurs in St Aubin de Terán's works. The Slow Train to Milan (1983) is set in Europe, and evokes a life of a group of wandering exiles with a passion for ‘the comfort of travel’; the spirited first‐person narration combines elements of the ‘road’ novels of the Beat generation with South American magic realism. The Tiger (1984) returns to a plantation in the Andes. Later works include the novels The Bay of Silence (1986), Joanna (1990), Otto (2005), and Swallowing Stones (2006); a short‐story collection, Southpaw (1999); and the memoirs Off the Rails: Memoirs of a Train Addict (1989) and The Hacienda: My Venezuelan Years (1997).

Subjects: Literature.

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