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The Iliac Crest

By Sarah Booker & Cristina Rivera Garza
The Iliac Crest by Sarah Booker & Cristina Rivera Garza digital book - Fable

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A labyrinthine excavation of forgotten Mexican women writers, this Gothic novel illustrates how gendered language can wield destructive power.

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3.5
“Thought provoking study of gender, sexuality and women’s roles. Definitely a book that requires your full attention.”
Thinking Face“Well, what little I heard about this book, indeed verbatim of the blurb on the back, that caused me to pick it up, wasn't a lie. It's just that the experience of actually reading it was so far from what I expected that it feels less like a disappointment and more a displacement. Surreal, perhaps feminist, it seems to be grazing both the injustice of misogyny/patriarchy robbing women of respect and recognition, and also the spectrum beyond the gender binary, except that it's also got the backdrop of a dystopian/police state society and a cruel sanitarium for society's unwanted, shuttered away to die. The floaty, nightmarish quality of the narrative didn't help me connect the dots, and I found myself focusing less on certain plot points the author was obviously drawing the reader back to, and more on the part where evidently the protagonist's original form was a tree. Never explained. Kind of wanted that story more, or at least to have it hook up more securely to one of the other fragments involved. 1/2”

About Sarah Booker

Cristina Rivera Garza is an award-winning author, translator, and critic. Her books, originally written in Spanish, have been translated into multiple languages. She is the recipient of the Roger Caillois Award for Latin American Literature (2013), the Anna Seghers-Preis (2005), and the only two-time winner of the International Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Prize (2001; 2009). She received her PhD in 2012 in Latin American history from the University of Houston, where she is currently Distinguished Professor in Hispanic Studies.

Sarah Booker is an English-to-Spanish translator and PhD candidate at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Her research revolves around contemporary Latin American narratives and translation studies. She is particularly interested in the relationship between translation and identity in the region, as well as fictional representations of translation.

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