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Panic Signs

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Cristina Peri Rossi

ISBN: 9780889203938
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier University Press

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With Panic Signs, English readers have access to an important Latin American author, Cristina Peri Rossi, whose work engages with issues of identity (gender, national, cultural, sexual) and authority (political, societal, familial), as it critiques all representative structures that would limit individual freedom…





Cristina Peri Rossi is one of the most acclaimed and personal voices in Hispanic letters. This volume of short stories, Panic Signs, first published in 1970 in Montevideo, Uruguay, presages the atrocities that would come with dictatorship in 1972. The premonitory dimension is one of the striking characteristics in all the stories -- a sense of impending catastrophe, sometimes hallucinatory and often graphic, leads us to undetermined places where the horrors of censorship, torture, and human bondage take place. At the same time, the stories expose the shackles that incapacitate us and deny us the acceptance of ourselves. This elegy for freedom mourns the loss of liberty and justice while seducing us into questioning what we hold true. The metaphorical procession of images, and the craftsmanship of a narrative that continually engage us, motivate us to explore our own uncertainties and values, and offer an unquestionable opportunity to reassess today's global conditions. Peri Rossi succeeds in creating a whirlwind of despair and self-discovery, impelling us to assess our own panic signs and so avoid being entrapped by those who hold power over us. The translation of this powerful text will help English-speaking readers attain a more profound understanding of the complexities of Latin America's cultural and socio-political issues.

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