An artist mutilates his body, repeatedly “dying” in front an audience composed of aliens. A man sits in a dining room table as guests argue over Goya and Velasquez, but he is also back in time forced to skin an animal by a 17th century pirate. Hooves peak out from underneath a woman’s skirt. In the center of this brutal dance is a Caribbean tale soaked in familiarity and truth.
There are a multitude of outstanding Caribbean literary voices with authors Yoss, Rita Indiana, and Tiphanie Yanique producing exciting works that stay with you long after you reach The End. What these three authors seamlessly do is combine the magical, the horrific, and the mundane as one. The speculative is not the absurd thing on the page, it is a matter of fact. It is a conversation of colonization, of what it is to be from las Americás, of other and otherness, and most importantly, it is about survival.
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