is a book about resistance
to male authority and power.
First published in Chile in 1943, the book uses dreams, myths, folk-tales, ‘rivers,
books and disillusions’ to challenge the patriarchal norms of Latin American
society and the apparent triumph of Fascism in Europe. Writing on behalf of the
mothers of the world facing the ‘hurricane of fascism’, Winétt de Rokha combined documentary realism, social protest and
Magical Realism to explore the layered
meanings of history and landscape, love and politics, utopian dream and dystopian reality. The
book was also a reply to her husband’s Morfología del espanto
published the same year. Oneiromancy
is an extraordinary Latin
American mix of Communism and Surrealism. Frida Kahlo meets Tina Modotti.