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La crueldad de la vida

by Liliana Heker

El melodrama, igual que otros excesos, puede ser un vestigio descarriado de la sed de vivir. Los protagonistas de estas historias esperan algo: la llegada del cometa Halley, la recuperación del misterio de la noche de bodas, un mensaje telefónico que corrija una pelea amorosa de la que son testigos involuntarios, una censista que interrumpa la monotonía de la tarde, el ataque nocturno de un león, el valor para abandonar a alguien o que alguien los abandone. Esperan, y al mismo tiempo se saben amenazados por aquello que esperan. Esta contradicción los define. Y el presentimiento de que están a punto de perderse o de ganarse a sí mismos en la espera. Este nuevo libro de Liliana Heker es acaso la síntesis más perfecta de ese particular modo de mirar y de narrar que caracteriza toda su obra. La crueldad de la vida funciona como un espejo levemente deformante de situaciones que nos son familiares y que sin embargo guardan el absurdo, la demencia o el horror en su trama doméstica. El lector se sumerge en sus páginas y al salir -si es que logra salir- nunca es el mismo.

The End of the Story

by Liliana Heker Andrea Labinger

"Liliana Heker is one of the most remarkable voices of the Argentinean generation after Borges ... her fiction chronicles the small tragedies that take place within the vast tragedy of our history. A universal and indispensable writer." - Alberto ManguelWhen Diana Glass witnesses Leonora's abduction from a street in Buenos Aires, she despairs that her friend has joined the ranks of los desaparaecidos, the missing ones. She begins to write the story of their friendship, but certain memories, details, and whispered allegations about Leonora's fate consistently intrude. Leonora was born to drink life down to the bottom of the glass. But, Diana wonders, is that necessarily a virtue?Gripping, intelligent, and intricately structured, Liliana Heker's novel of an unstable revolutionary pasionaria has inflamed readers across Latin America. The End of the Story is a shocking study of the pyschology of torture, and a tragic portrait of Argentina's Dirty War.

Please Talk to Me

by Liliana Heker Alberto Manguel Miranda France

Acclaimed for the gemlike perfection of her short stories, Liliana Heker has repeatedly received major literary awards in her native Argentina. Her work has some of the dark humor of Saki or Roald Dahl, and her versatility and range have earned her a wide, appreciative audience. This expertly translated volume brings to English-language readers the full compass of Heker's stories, from her earliest published volume (1966) through her most recent (2011). Heker rejected exile during the dangerous Dirty War years and formed part of a cultural resistance that stood against repression. As a writer, she found in the microcosm of the family and everyday events subtle entry into political, historical, and social issues. Heker's stories examine the rituals people invent to relate to one another, especially girls and women, and they reveal how the consequences of tiny acts may be enormous. With charm, economy, and a close focus on the intimate, Heker has perfected the art of the glimpse.

Zona de clivaje

by Liliana Heker

Irene lleva la física a cuestas: no sólo la estudia con aplicación, también la traslada al plano diario: cualquier situación es para ella un experimento de laboratorio. Alfredo es un intelectual de izquierda y un seductor. Esta relación es el acontecimiento a través del cual Liliana Heker -una de las mejores escritoras argentinas de la actualidad- transmuta lo cotidiano en una experiencia inolvidable. Liliana Heker indaga en las imperfecciones del amor hasta enfrentar a Irene consigo misma, despojada de toda estrategia. Para ello habrá tenido que responder a todo, que ilusionarlo todo, como si cada paso hacia la dicha estuviese jalonado por el más lacerante dolor. En este sentido, Zona de clivaje es una novela de iniciación y de búsqueda. Los más soterrados conflictos del alma femenina son interpretados en una zona de riesgo y euforia, que la autora recrea como singular metáfora: en la estructura destellante y perfecta del cristal, la zona de clivaje es aquella donde la unión de los átomos se muestra débil y donde, por lo tanto, el cristal se vulnera y se quiebra.

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