During 2014 and 2015 I wrote my first book, Ayotzinapa, eternal hours. I like to write alone but also to work as a team, that’s why later collaborative projects came. I did them along with loved and admired people.
I have half-made books. I keep doing them, they will come soon.
One of our works, Los jornaleros forenses, is part of UNAM's annual selection of chronicles. It lives there among texts by admired colleagues. In a book edited by María Fernanda Ampuero, who well defines our work: "a document about being alive and what that means".
AND HERE THE WAR CONTINUES REPORTERS, POETS, ACADEMICS, ARTISTS, DOCUMENTALISTS, PHOTOGRAPHERS, WRITERS, INVESTIGATORS. WE ARE COMPANIONS WHO HAVE BEEN WALKING TOGETHER FOR A DECADE. Our intention has been to tell of violence from the perspective of a women’s body. We think of it, that violence, as a stone falling into a lake. Like waves that expand, that advance in space, more and more subtle, silent. How has the violence of this war affected us? Displaced, threatened, disappeared, murdered. How does it inhabit us? We identify our stories based on our verbs, our body-territory.
Novelist Boullosa (The Book of Anna) and Literaliaeditor-in-chief Quintero collect Mexican perspectives on President Trump’s border wall, the history of U.S.-Mexico relations, and the nature of citizenship and sovereignty in this wide-ranging and eye-opening anthology. In “Snow and Borders,” linguist Yásnaya Elena Aguilar Gil examines how the creation of nation-states and borders “prevent[ed] free passage through the world” and “gave rise to the phenomenon of mass migration.” Novelist Yuri Herrera (A Silent Fury) reflects on the “parallel worlds” of the English- and Spanish-speaking communities of New Orleans, where he lives, and the “silence and selective hearing” behind narratives of a Latin American invasion of the U.S., in “After the White Noise.”
The eleven chronicles -and a "manual" in the form of a manifesto- that we bring together in these pages, deal with a great diversity of topics ranging from the vibrant rebellion of the Chileans, the adventures of a Mexican journalist of the old guard, the premature end of a boxer's career, the sanctuary where the vochos go to rest, the story of the woman who inspired the film Roma, the onslaught of the Mexican State against Sub Marcos, the exhumation of clandestine graves as a profession, the explosion of the San Pablito market, the hardships of a man who spent years in jail for (not) stealing a kilo of barbecue, the life of those displaced by organized crime, and the underworld of sex trafficking that goes from central Mexico to the East Coast of the United States.
Ayotzinapa, eternal hours is a window into the tragic and murky case of the forced disappearance of 43 students from a rural normal school in Mexico. With the voices of the survivors, this book reconstructs what happened in Iguala on September 26 and 27, 2014, when also three other students were also killed and several seriously wounded. In the words of relatives and normalistas, it is also a chronicle of what followed for them: a year of life suspended by the endless wait in debate with the time impossible to stop; the gesture of the students frozen in an image while their parents grow old looking for them and their children grow up waiting for them back. This book, made from more than 100 interviews, takes the reader to know the case by firsthand and challenges it with personal reflections of the author, who is daughter of two disappeared people. An intimate account of pain, love and survival. A memory brick.