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