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Being a women writer is dangerous thing: Pola Oloixarac

Is there a word which combines sexy and intellectual? No, but I just coined it ‘Pola Oloixarac’ after the stunning Argentine author.

books Updated: Jan 21, 2012 12:32 IST

Is there a word which combines sexy and intellectual? No, but I just coined it ‘Pola Oloixarac’ after the stunning Argentine author. An Anne Hathaway look-alike, covered up in a white top, short blue skirt, sheer stockings and blood-red boots, Oloixarac looks straight out a fashion glossy. But that is only before she starts expounding her views on the Argentine intelligentsia and the philosophy of Vargos Lhosa.

Author of a social-political satire, Wild Theories, the newest face of Hispanic literature has been panned by chauvinistic male critics for her ‘manly writing’.

“My book is satire on the intellectual life in Argentina and it brings to light the technological and sexual games of youth of Buenos Aires. It is also a critique of the 1970s revolutionary left that has gone major revisionism at the hands of the government, which has propagated that these men were fighting for democracy though actually they were throwing around bombs.”

Unlike a majority of women writers, her books do not pander to the preconceived notion of women’s writing – a fact which assured that she wouldn’t get much sympathy from the critics.

She nods animatedly at this.

“A book is something so dangerous, but you don’t know it till it goes out into the world. Being a women writer is a dangerous thing, you’re supposed to write about relationships, the home, love as if the mind of a woman is constrained to that. The novel itself was popularized by women not men,” she says with evident relish in the thought.

Her own writings might steer clear of the sensitivity and emotional depth expected from a women writer, she adores women writers.

“There’re are so many ‘wow’ women writers, I love the works of Victoria Ocampo (Tagore’s muse for seventeen years) as she was the true South American princess of culture during 20th century, she brought Tagore and important people to spend time in Argentina and made Argentinean culture very cosmopolitan. I like women writers not because of their gender but because it brings so much richness to their work. “

As she talks about the book, she flicks back her hair – quite a distraction. I stop her mid-way to ask how she copes with the sexual discrimination.

“I really hate it! Initially, I was very shocked to see so much sexual prejudice and used to go out with my book like a warrior to war, but now I have learnt that it is part of the game.”