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Comemadre /

by Larraquy, Roque [author.]; Cleary, Heather [translator.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Minneapolis : Coffee House Press, 2018.Edition: First English-language edition.Description: 129 pages ; 20 cm.ISBN: 9781566895156; 1566895154.Language note: In English, translated from the Spanish.Uniform titles: Comemadre. English.Subject(s): Physicians -- Fiction | Cruelty -- Fiction | FICTION -- Absurdist | FICTION -- Hispanic & Latino | FICTION -- Humorous -- Black Humor | FICTION -- Literary | Dystopian fiction | Historical fiction | Fiction | Dystopian fiction | Historical fiction | Historical fiction | Dystopian fictionSummary: "1907: In a sanatorium in Temperley, on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, Doctor Quintana falls in love with Menéndez, the head nurse--of whom he knows almost nothing, not even her first name. Motivated by this love--which he shares with his colleagues--by money, and by the promise of transcendence, he carries out a cruel and misguided experiment that investigates the threshold between life and death. The premise is that a human head stays alive and conscious for nine seconds after being severed from the body. 2009: A celebrated artist and ex-child prodigy decides to "bring the monster alive," converting his own body, and the bodies of those he loves, into art objects. The halves of the book are held together by a shared interest in the human pursuit of transcendence through bodily intervention, first as it relates to the scientific or pseudo-medical and the positivism that marked the beginning of the twentieth century, then by way of a radical and absurd artistic vision."-- Provided by publisher.
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In the outskirts of Buenos Aires in 1907, a doctor becomes involved in a misguided experiment that investigates the threshold between life and death. One hundred years later, a celebrated artist goes to extremes in search of aesthetic transformation, turning himself into an art object. How far are we willing to go, Larraquy asks, in pursuit of transcendence? The world of Comemadre is full of vulgarity, excess, and discomfort: strange ants that form almost perfect circles, missing body parts, obsessive love affairs, and man-eating plants. Darkly funny, smart, and engrossing, here the monstrous is not alien, but the consquence of our relentless pursuit of collective and personal progress.

"First published by Editorial Entropía as La Comemadre, © 2010"--ECIP galley.

"1907: In a sanatorium in Temperley, on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, Doctor Quintana falls in love with Menéndez, the head nurse--of whom he knows almost nothing, not even her first name. Motivated by this love--which he shares with his colleagues--by money, and by the promise of transcendence, he carries out a cruel and misguided experiment that investigates the threshold between life and death. The premise is that a human head stays alive and conscious for nine seconds after being severed from the body. 2009: A celebrated artist and ex-child prodigy decides to "bring the monster alive," converting his own body, and the bodies of those he loves, into art objects. The halves of the book are held together by a shared interest in the human pursuit of transcendence through bodily intervention, first as it relates to the scientific or pseudo-medical and the positivism that marked the beginning of the twentieth century, then by way of a radical and absurd artistic vision."-- Provided by publisher.

In English, translated from the Spanish.

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