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THE TRANSMIGRATION OF BODIES | BOOK REVIEW

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transmigrationYuri Herrera (And Other Stories)

Discussions pertaining to Latin and Central American literature in the West have revolved around the same stale stereotypes, writers and motifs: until now, that is.

UC Berkeley graduate Yuri Herrera’s The Transmigration of Bodies certainly lives up to the expectations of his former novellas and his debut novel, the politically and gender aware Signs of the End of the World.

The result is a short but gripping book exploring the complex sociopolitical and cultural landscape of violence in modern day Mexico. Told through the voice of many but focusing on a magical realist character, the Redeemer, it is a stylish metaphysical thriller unlike any other with flowing language. Expect to see Herrera on a shelf near you as Latino authors gain more prominence in Britain.

words YASMIN BEGUM

Price: £8.99. Info: www.andotherstories.org

 

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