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Gabriela Torres Olivares

Gabriela Torres Olivares was born in Monterrey, México. She is the author of three collections of short stories: Enfermario (2010), whichReforma named as one of the Best Books of 2010; Incompletario (2007); and Están Muertos (2004). Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies...


Gabriela Torres Olivares

Fiction, Translation | $17.00
ISBN 13: 978-1-934254-65-3
Size: 5.25 in. x 8 in.
Pages: 144
Binding: Softcover, Perfect

National Release: Winter 2017

Translated by Jennifer Donovan

The stories that comprise Gabriela Torres Olivares’ Enfermario explore the ontology of difference through the bodies, desires and experiences of her characters.  With a gaze that is constantly shifting, she constructs narratives that explore the profundity of otherness across beings and quasi beings, seeking out both the discomfort they produce and common ground they share with her readers.  Gabriela Torres Olivares invites us into her characters’ worlds only to defamiliarize the quotidian and thus challenge our most basic preconceptions.

Gabriela Torres Olivares is one of my favorite living writers; her sentences are devastating, beautiful, utterly desired, and then, are like the skin that needs to be shed off in cycles. After all, we are reptilian. The words are wounds and portals, and her narratives somehow puncture into the heart of what it means to be a human among other humans, monstrous, touching, apparitions of each other and of the disappearing myths that are still embedded in our bloodstream. The stories in Enfermario exist somehow as the sediment for our current condition, as the evidence of our sad secrets, and as the inflections of our uncanny and everyday cognition.

–Janice Lee

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