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The Iliac Crest: Instituto Cervantes Gallery

  • Instituto Cervantes Gallery 211 East 49th Street New York, NY, 10017 United States (map)

This excavation of forgotten Mexican women writers illustrates how gendered language wields destructive power.


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Join the Feminist Press and Instituto Cervantes in celebrating the English-language release of Cristina Rivera Garza's The Iliac Crest with a launch reading and special Q&A with translator Heather Cleary. Wine reception to follow!

Free Admission! Please RSVP to: cenny@cervantes.org


On a dark and stormy night, two mysterious women invade an unnamed narrator’s house, where they proceed to ruthlessly question their host’s identity. While the two women are strangely intimate, even inventing a secret language, they harass the narrator by claiming repeatedly that they know his greatest secret: that he is, in fact, a woman. As the increasingly frantic protagonist fails to defend his supposed masculinity, he eventually finds himself in a sanatorium.

Published for the first time in English, this Gothic tale destabilizes male-female binaries and subverts literary tropes. 

An intelligent, beautiful story about bodies disguised as a story about language disguised as a story about night terrors. Cristina Rivera Garza does not respect what is expected of a writer, of a novel, of language. She is an agitator.
— Yuri Herrera, author of Kingdom Cons
Rivera Garza’s taut language drives the mystery forward, and she plays cleverly with the literary and political histories of Mexico, the importance of queer visibility, and the silencing of female authorship. An existential gothic tale about the high stakes of understanding—and accepting—the self.
— Kirkus Reviews
The Iliac Crest
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Earlier Event: October 30
The Iliac Crest: Mid-Manhattan Library
Later Event: November 1
The Iliac Crest: McNally Jackson