Bloody Eyes – Sangre en el ojo
An award-winning Chilean writer and scholar teaching at New York University. Since 1998, she has authored a short-story collection, a play and five novels. Sangre en el ojo, was awarded the prestigious Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Prize (Mexico 2012), as well as the Premio Valle Inclan Prize (UK 2019) for Megan MacDowell´s translation into English as Seeing red. Meruane has also received the Anna Seghers Prize (Berlin 2011) and Calamo Prize (Spain 2016), as well as literary fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation (US 2004), the National Endowment for the Arts (US 2010) and the DAAD Artists in Berlin Program (Germany 2017). Her nonfiction writing includes an essay book Viral Voyages (Palgrave McMillan, 2014), a literary essay on her Palestinian origins, Volverse Palestina (Becoming Palestine, 2014) and a diatribe, Contra los hijos (Against children, 2014).
Translated By: Mushira Musa
Available Only in Arabic
Blurring the lines between fiction and memoir, Meruane’s novel explores mortality, identity, and personal transformation. Lina, a fictionalized version of the author, experiences a severe ocular hemorrhaging that impairs her sight. The dark blood clouding Lina’s eyes makes it difficult for her to move around her New York City apartment or navigate the busy streets alone. She must rely heavily on her lover, Ignacio. While trying to accept the possibility that she might be blind permanently, Lina and Ignacio visit her family in Santiago, Chile. The trip home prompts Lina to examine the limitations of her ailing body, the future of her writing and doctorate studies, and the effect her illness has on those around her. As Lina’s condition worsens and she faces surgery, the strength of her relationship with Ignacio is tested. The book is composed of short scenes with titles, much like flash fiction. These brief glimpses into Lina’s life accumulate to depict a woman trying her best to hold on to a sense of self as her world disappears from sight. The translation emboldens the intensity and lyricism of Meruane’s visceral prose, littered with sensory details and savory descriptions of the smells and sounds surrounding Lina as her vision fails. This is a penetrating autobiographical novel, and a stunning introduction to a remarkable author.
|Dimensions||20 × 14 cm|