On Monday, May 18, at 7 p.m., join our Virtual Edition of the International Literature Book Club to discuss The Promise by Argentinian author Silvina Ocampo, translated from Spanish by Suzanne Jill Levine and Jessica Powell. To join our book club discussion via Zoom, click on the link below: 


Praise for Silvina Ocampo and The Promise

I don't know of another writer who better captures the magic inside everyday rituals, the forbidden or hidden face that our mirrors don't show us. —Italo Calvino 

Of all the words that could define her, the most accurate is, I think, ingenious. —Jorge Luis Borges 

Like William Blake, Ocampo's first voice was that of a visual artist; in her writing she retains the will to unveil the immaterial so that we might at least look at it if not touch it. —Helen Oyeyemi 

This haunting and vital final work from Ocampo, her only novel, is about a woman's life flashing before her eyes when she's stranded in the ocean . . . the book's true power is its depiction of the strength of the mind and the necessity of storytelling, which for the narrator is literally staving off death. —Gabe Habash, Starred Review, Publishers Weekly 

The Promise

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By Silvina Ocampo, Suzanne Jill Levine (Translator), Jessica Powell (Translator)
ISBN: 9780872867710
Availability: On Our Shelves Now - Available to Ship to Your Home
Published: City Lights Books - November 5th, 2019