Tuesday, December 29, 2015

 The Pleasures of Reading, Viewing, and Listening in  2015, part 27: Arrate Hidalgo

I've sat down to write this a few times now, and I've given up every time — I'm currently spending the holidays with my family in my aunt's loud, entertaining house, where every night the women (that's most of us) sit around the TV and watch and comment on an average of six films until the small hours, snacking on leftovers and a couple of holiday/birthday cakes. (Celebrations tend to cluster in my family.)

Now that we just finished all threeLord of the Rings films, with the extra labor of walking my mother through them ("Whose father is that?", "But wasn't that guy dead", "This Frodo is a pain in the ass"), I've   decided that it's time to recommend all of you some culture. Here's a list of things I've enjoyed     this year, in no particular order.


Cover image of Diez variaciones sobre el amor
  Diez variaciones sobre el amor (“Ten Variations on   Love”), Teresa P. Mira de Echeverría
  I first encountered Teresa's complex, poetic science     fiction in the Spanish-language sf anthology Terra         Nova vol. 1, with her long short story "Memory," of       which a translation into English by Lawrence Schimel   has been recently re-published by Upper Rubber           Boots.
  This new collection (unfortunately only available in       Spanish —  for now!) is a multi-faceted, monumental     journey across the many shapes of love (of yourself,     your lover(s), your clone, your family) across times,     realities, and entire universes. Teresa is incredibly         precise; she builds worlds out of delicate, playful         language and synesthesia. Her stories portray and       celebrate structures of loving and living that defy the     rules of heteronormativity, respectability, possibility.     From a time-traveling art historian who falls in love       with a young woman accused of being a witch in the     middle of a France devastated by the Plague; to the     stormy relationship between two clones who are in love despite prohibitions and violence; to the   journey of two brothers following a robotic spider in the completion of a prophecy that echoes       indigenous Río de la Plata traditions, the book digs deep into the many meanings and                   personifications of love.



  Arrate Hidalgo is Associate Editor at Aqueduct Press. She is also an English to Spanish               translator and amateur singer. She will be very excited if you visit her brand-new                           website,

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 Diez variaciones sobre  el amor

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