And a Body to Remember with

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arsenal pulp press, 1997 - Fiction - 166 pages

and a body to remember with effectively combines elements of our Pulp past and Arsenal Pulp present. This is a collection of stories about rebellion and activism, while at the same time stories about the immigrant experience and emotional turmoil.

Carmen Rodríguez explores place and language in this illuminating short-story collection based on her life as a political exile in Canada.

The stories also form an intriguing document of self-translation: Carmen has lived in Chile and Canada, speaks Spanish and English, has written these stories in Spanish and English, and because of this has created a system of internal translation. Some of these pieces were first written in Spanish, others in English. Carmen found herself translating the stories back and forth, discovering new words and finding new ways of communicating her thoughts and feelings into another language, until Carmen "felt that both tips of my tongue and my two sets of ears were satisfied with the final product."

and a body to remember with includes: a story about fleeing the enemy through the night-time jungle; a story about a woman, in a new place, who is tormented by her past when a shadowy figure begins following her around her new city; stories about suddenly leaving family and friends behind when a woman is forced to escape, narrowly, with her life; stories about the struggle to establish one's self, one's family, in a new country, a new culture, a new language; emotional stories of memory, love, longing, danger, dissent; political stories of activism, rebellion, retribution.

And through it all resonates the voice of a woman determined to make the world into a reasonable, just, and safe place, whether in war-torn Chile, or foreign-like Canada.

Evoking a Borges, dream-like quality, these are stories about women in transition, whose lives are conflicted by history, both personal and political. As a storyteller, Carmen maps the emotional terrain of dual geographies--caught between two worlds, her protagonists look for redemption in the simple truths of love and honour, whether amid the political turmoil of Chile, or the torment of estrangment in Canada.

and a body to remember with was simultaneously published in Spanish as De Cuerpo Entero by Editorial Los Andes in Santiago, Chile.


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About the author (1997)

Carmen Rodríguez was born and raised in Chile. A political and social activist, she and her family became threatened as the chaos surrounding the 1973 military coup escalated. With the assistance of friends, Carmen, her husband, and her daughters, aged five and six, narrowly escaped with their lives. A year later they came to Vancouver. Thus began a fourteen-year exile from her home. and a body to remember with is Carmen's first book of short fiction to be published. The stories in this collection document her experiences as a political activist in Chile, and as an exile and immigrant in Canada. In Vancouver, Carmen continued speaking out against the human rights violations in Chile. Her outspoken views resulted in her Chilean passport being confiscated by the consulate. She was unable to travel outside Canada until becoming a Canadian citizen in 1979. Carmen's parents traveled to Vancouver to visit in 1975. "My mother wanted to be able to take things back to the family so she worked as a cleaning lady to make money. She couldn't speak a word of English. In fact, she became best friends with the old Chinese man who ran the corner store. He would speak Chinese to her and she would answer him in Spanish. They got along great." It was 1987 before Carmen was to revisit Chile, and the family and friends she left behind. "Part of the agreement with the Vatican for having the Pope visit Chile was that the gover

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