Slash and burn

by Hernández, Claudia, 1975-

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Summary

Through war and its aftermaths, a woman fights to keep her daughters safe.
As a girl she sees her village sacked and her beloved father and brothers flee. Her life in danger, she joins the rebellion in the hills, where her comrades force her to give up the baby she conceives. Years later, having outlived countless men, she leaves to find her lost daughter, travelling across the Atlantic with meagre resources. She returns to a community riven with distrust, fear and hypocrisy in the wake the revolution. Hernandez' narrators have the level gaze of ordinary women reckoning with extraordinary hardship. Denouncing the ruthless machismo of combat with quiet intelligence, Slash and Burn creates a suspenseful, slow-burning revelation of rural life in the aftermath of political trauma.

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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Salvadoran writer Hernández mines the traumatic aftermath of an unnamed Latin American country's civil war for a wrenching story of three generations of women including an ex-guerrilla combatant and her four daughters, all unnamed. While fighting as a guerrilla in the mountains, the combatant becomes pregnant and is forced to give up her firstborn daughter for adoption. Decades after the war, the now ex-combatant searches for her daughter in France, where the daughter was raised by adoptive parents, leaving behind her three other daughters. One was raised primarily by the ex-combatant's mother, and the ex-combatant's feelings of guilt over the war, along with her resentment toward her own mother's neglect, eddy through the narrative of her search. While initially challenging, the series of nameless female narrators, nameless places, and indirect speech render a certain universality and anonymity to the characters, and, coupled with the crystalline descriptions of postwar devastation, the technique dramatically underscores the horrific context of Cold War--era civil wars in Latin America, from the ever-present threat of rape and murder by marauding soldiers during the conflict to the present-day tension and distrust. Multilayered and consistently engrossing, Hernández's knockout novel is not to be missed. (Jan.)"
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Additional Information
Series & other stories (Series) ; book 91.
Subjects Women -- El Salvador -- Fiction.
Mothers and daughters -- Fiction.
Insurgency -- Fiction.
El Salvador -- History -- Civil War, 1979-1992 -- Fiction.
War fiction.
Political fiction.
Historical fiction.
Publisher Sheffield [England] :2021
Other Titles Roza tumba querma.
Contributors Sanches, Julia, translator.
Language English
Translated from the Spanish.
Notes Translation of: Roza tumba querma.
Description 307 pages ; 20 cm
ISBN 9781911508823
1911508822
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