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Ramifications

by Saldaña París, Daniel, 1984-

Format: Print Book 2020
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Summary

Folding and refolding origami frogs, extracting the symmetrical veins from leaves, retreating to an imaginary world in his closet: after Teresa walked out the door one July afternoon in 1994, her son filled the void she left with a series of unusual rituals. Twenty-three years later, he lies in bed, reconstructing the events surrounding his mother's disappearance. Did she actually join the Zapatistas in the jungles of Chiapas, as he was led to believe? He dissects his memories of that fatefulsummer until a startling discovery shatters his conception of his family's story. Daniel Saldaña París (Among Strange Victims) returns with an emotionally rich anti-coming-of-age novel that wrestles with the inherited privileges and crimes of masculinity.

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Publisher's Weekly Review: "In Mexican writer París's strange and elegant latest (after Among Strange Victims), the unnamed narrator toggles between past and present from the confines of his bed, contemplating his childhood, his father's death, his relationship with his older sister, and the disappearance of their mother. The despondent narrator claims to never leave his bed and holds onto the self-absorption of his childhood, when he cultivated an "egocentric theocracy" and felt he was god's "favorite human being." He was 10 when his mother, Teresa, walked out on the family in 1994, and afterward the narrator grew closer to his sister, Mariana, while obsessively searching for the letter Teresa had left their father. As an adult, the narrator finally discovers the letter, along with another sent from Chiapas, each of which only brings him more angst and confusion, as he remembers the rumors about her activity that circulated when he was a child (did his mother join the Zapatistas in the jungles of Chiapas? Was she a murderer?), causing his social life to crumble as he spent hours in a closet he calls his "Zero Luminosity Capsule." Along the way, París brilliantly explores memory, masculinity, and familial drama in equal measure. The result is an affecting account of arrested development. (Oct.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Absentee mothers -- Fiction.
Bildungsromans.
Publisher Minneapolis :2020
Edition First English-language edition.
Other Titles Nervio principal.
Contributors MacSweeney, Christina, translator.
Language English
Notes "First published in Spanish as El nervio principal (Mexico City: Sexto Piso, 2018)"--Title page verso.
Description 155 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN 9781566895965
1566895960
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