Nancy by Bruno Lloret
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Nancy by Bruno Lloret, translated by Ellen Jones, is about Nancy, her
childhood, her long marriage that ends badly, returning to Chile with a
cancer diagnosis, etc. The childhood part comes after her adulthood and
fills in some gaps about her negligent parents. The physical book has an
interesting layout with X marking punctuation sometimes, but sometimes
it's more visual. I am a Two Lines Press subscriber so they also sent a
letterpress print of a page of the book, pretty unexpected and cool.
like when an author does something I haven't seen before, and even more
when someone manages to translate it. The X on the page feels like
found poetry, or my just poetry, also like a symbol. I have talked
before on the podcast about how infrequently we see Mormon characters
(perhaps more appropriately LDS characters) in books outside of
"inspirational" titles but this plays a major part in at least one
character's story. It showed a Chile that was more of a conglomeration
of other places' remnants, a bit bleak, more current than other books
I've read placed there.
One of my goals this year is to be more
immediate in reading subscription books so gold star for me as I've had
it only a month or less.
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