Indigenous Literature

Editor’s Pick

La tarde de los sucesos definitivos by Carlos Manuel Álvarez

Carlos Manuel Álvarez debuted with a collection of seven short stories that, taken together, form the emotional geography of Havana, where its characters cross paths in the narrow streets, on the Malecón or in the beca (a student dormitory). Far from enchanting, this is a brutal look at migrations, broken relationships, and slippery slopes. Even though the Chilean author Enrique Lihn and the Cuban poet Ángel Escobar – who apparently has not committed suicide, but rather chosen to open a bookstore in some parallel, invisible world – make appearances, this book manages not to step in the footprints of previous generations. Rather, it walks its own path: that of contemporary Cuba and the children of the nineties. La tarde de los sucesos definitivos does not hesitate to be experimental, but at the same time it does not fear to propose a prose based in realism and pushed forward naturally in a way that only one who trusts in his own talent can accomplish.

Amora by Natalia Borges Polesso

It would be unfair to state that the stories found in Amora are merely about homosexual relationships between women. Marvel, surprise and fear are also found in the text. We find ourselves beside ourselves, above all when the book departs from the bounds of normalcy and is allowed to explore challenges and to change the impossible, continuing with its transformative process. It is necessary to advance and explore the unknown, destabilizing all structures so that one can ultimately arrive at the calm of honest living.