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Variations on the Body

María Ospina, Heather Cleary (Translator)


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A constellation of short stories illustrates the complex, interrelated lives of women in and around Bogot , Colombia.

In six subtly connected vignettes, Variations on the Body explores the obsessions, desires, and idiosyncrasies of women and girls from every level of Colombian society. A former FARC guerilla fighter adjusts to urban life and faces the new violence of an editor co-opting her experiences. A woman documents a flea infestation with a catalog of the marks on her body. A child copes with anxiety about the adult world by concocting--and drinking--"dirt juice" every day in the garden. Combining humor, heartbreak, and unsettling violence, Ospina weaves a multifaceted picture of contemporary Bogot in vibrant, gleaming prose.

Coffee House Press, 9781566896108, 136pp.

Publication Date: July 6, 2021