Gabriela Cabezón Cámara: Las aventuras de la China Iron



I am slightly frustrated as I write this review As I read the book I made notes on what I felt were the key themes emerging there are several but when I got to the end I discovered a note from the translators that did all the work for me Now it will look like my review is simply plagiarism Martin Fierro is an epic Argentine poem 2316 lines long that tells the tale of the eponymous gaucho for Pynchon fans Martin Fierro is also referenced in Gravity s Rainbow The poem begins with Fierro s conscription into the army which means e and Akshyay Mulberry Vol.One his wife are separated This book like several recent novels Iave read takes someone who is a minor female character in an old story and moves Como Abrir Mentes Fechadas her to a central position in a re written version of the story This is the story of China I Now longlisted for the International Booker She looked at my doubtfully passed me a cup ofot liuid and said tea in English assuming correctly that I wouldn t know the word Tea she said to me and that word which in Spanish ti sounds like a gift to you for you is apparently a daily custom in England and that s ow I learnt my first word in that language which was my mother tongue And tea is what I m drinking now while the world seems beset by darkness and violence by a furious noise that is in fact just one of the freuent storms that shake this river Translated by Fiona Mackintosh and Iona Macintyre from Gabriela Cabez n C mara s 2017 novel Las aventuas de la China Iron this book is part of a welcome recent trend to retell classic literature from a different perspective Here the foundational Argentinian epic poem by Jos Hern ndez about the gaucho Martin Fierro is re told from the viewpoint of is wife mentioned only briefly in passing in the original and the whole including Fierro s own story given a LGBT perspective At the start of the novel Fierro The Old Myers Place (Halloween, having been forcibly conscriptedis wife meets a red Witcheskin headed Englishwoman or possibly a Scot as the translator s note EnglishScottishBritish are used rather interchangably in the original reflecting an Argentinian view Liz whoseusband was also taken Fierro s wife as no parents and is likely an illegitimate child of a landowner father with someone from a different social class and doesn t know er real birth name She is known by er usband as China which as Liz points out is a generic and not particularly flattering term meaning womangirlservant rather than a personal name and so she ends up known as China Josephina Star Iron Josephina an adopted name and Star and Iron the Anglicization of Me Write Book her dog s name ander Cosmological Enigmas husband s surname Fierro for the English reader the similar but different sobriuet China in Cockney rhyming slang does cause some confusionThe two women travel together across the pampas reaching a fort and then on into Indian territory seeking theirusbands rather At Hells Gate half enthusiastically in China s case and some land that Liz ander Never Goodbye (Albany Boys, husbandad come to Argentina to farm eventually finding them all although not in the way they and the reader conditioned by the original epic poem might suspectThe set up of the novel is excellent and ambition admirable and the execution is also very well done but I didn t find it a particularly satisfying personal reading experienceI found both the first and third sections of the novel dragged a little They are filled with lots of nature writing plus in the final section a rather magic mushroom fuelled idealised view of the pan sexual nature infused lifestyle of the Indians they encounter The intention showing the beauty of both the local flora and fauna and the indigenous culture and the armony between them before this was spoiled by settlement and industrialization I understand but the subject matter didn t old my attention I rather appreciated the middle section at the fort The fort turns out to be run by a Colonel Jos Hern ndez Hunted by Herne (Otherkind Kink: Horned Gods, here in a meta device reinvented as a keen enthusiast for economic development as well asaving stolen the songs of the gaucho Fierro and published them profitably as Lady Lorena’s Spinster’s Society his own And for the English readeris admiration for the blueprint presented by the English industrial revolution and the development of the railways makes for an interesting point of referenceBut On the First Night of Christmas herein I think lies my personal issue my own failing not the book s with the rest of the novel In this section the authorial link to the original poem is very clear but it made me suspect Iad missed much of the intertextuality elsewhere This Spanish language review suggests a proper appreciation reuires much greater familiarity with the original poem than I aveAnd this knowledge gap was I think exacerbated by the translators understandably deciding to use their own translation where Cabez n C mara uotes from or alludes to the original rather than the classic 1935 Walter Owen version I can see their rationale but it does make cross references arder to spot eg Liz s Tigress for Two (Alaskan Tigers, husband Oscar is referred to as what Fierro called inis famous song a Jimmy gringo from Britain but I am not sure what this refers to in the Owen version In the Owen version when Fierro is conscripted others caught up are A gringo Cult Science Fiction Films hurdy gurdy manWith a dancing monkey thereWas doingis bit to elp the fun They roped im too though Sailor Moon Episode Lists he tried to run A big soft looking fellow wase And Attentions Throbbing he cried for sheer despairAnd an English digger of ditches tooThatad dodged the draft beforeBy telling the Justice I understandThat Dark Reflections (Dark Reflections, he came from Inca la Perra land He took tois Spinetinglers Anthology 2008 heels and got to theillsBy the skin of is teeth no Which if either is the Jimmy Gringo I am unsureSo overall 4 stars for the conception and execution but 25 for my personal experience I was in a dreamlike trance while reading this book The author is an expert in painting a vivid and evocative description of the landscape which did a great job transporting me to 1872 Argentina Although this is a short read it packs a serious punch This is a novel with such an uplifting energy to it as it follows the adventures of a young woman caught in a time of bloody conflict and the formation of a modern nation But it s also a clever and self assured istorical satire in the way it upturns patriarchal values in favour of those who are marginalized especially female and ueer individuals The Adventures of China Iron feels like a comedy in the classic sense of beginning in tragic circumstances and ending with a joyous resolution Set in Argentina during the political turbulence of 1872 the story concerns a journey of a Body Image, Eating Disorders, and Obesity heroine born into nothing she is an orphan without a name raised by a tyrannical woman and forced into marriage duringer adolesce. Radiante luminoso El desierto es un prisma de perros cardos polvo y cielo La China Iron acompaña a Liz una inglesa ue va tras su marido llevado por la leva Ella en cambio no busca a Martín Fierro ese gaucho ue se la ganó en un partido de truco La China escapa Y es su viaje exploración de la textura de la seda del sabor del té del sofoco en ue estalla el sexo Descubre palabras Sonidos nuevos para cosas

Erview International Booker Prize 2020 Interview with author and translators Shortlisted for the 2020 International BookerI The Doughboys have not read Martin Fierro the poem by Jos Hern ndez that Gabriela Cabez n C mara uses as a base forer narrative I do know that with this novel the author gives China Iron the main character role instead of Fierro In fact two strong female characters steal pretty much the whole narrativeChina is an orphan 魔法使いの涙 [Mahou Tsukai no Namida] her fatheraving been killed by Fierro who then proceeds to marry China and they Futurity have two sons before Fierro is conscripted and taken to the Indian frontier to fight with the armyRather than be upset China who is only fourteen andas been a slave all Ouija in Suburbia her life is ecstatic Free for the first time iner life she jumps on board a wagon with a Scotswoman named Elizabeth who is Reclaiming Authentic Fundamentalism hell bent on travelling to their estancia to rescueer Lenora husband An Estancia is a South American farm or ranchFor the na ve China this adventure is of a cultural earthuake than shock Everything is new forer the land the people the wildlife and plants While taking all this in Liz educates China on the British Empire and its relentless and insatiable drive for colonization As the women travel along together they become lovers another chance for Liz to educate China and open Caz Sanatı her eyes whichave seen so little Another freedom awakened Both women change dramatically throughout the novel and are completely different characters by the end of the bookThroughout the book the author s descriptive writing is so vivid the landscape starts to feel like a painting However by the last third of the book this descriptive writing became a little bit much for me overpowering the narrative At times it almost feels like a geographical expedition with the author describing the new cultures plant life and fauna in minute detailThe time period in which the novel is set late nineteenth century is a tumultuous time for the seemingly never ending open plains or pampas of Argentina With the English encroaching their beastly steam engines advancing every day to the gauchos the Argentinians and Indians locked in never ending internecine battlesI did enjoy reading Desire Sensibility how the Indians work inarmony with the land How they adapt to flooding and live to them at least a somewhat utopic nomadic lifestyle on the open pampas juxtaposed against industrialisation and the claustrophobic smoggy miasma covered modern cities of BritainAn enjoyable read 35 Stars Shortlisted for the Booker International Prize 2020 In this enjoyable istorical fantasy C mara takes on the epic nineteenth century Argentine gaucho poem Mart n Fierro as er starting point but in The Faerie Godmothers Apprentice Wore Green her version the narrator isis wife China and Fierro is a peripheral character as is the poem s writer Jos Hern ndez Both Hern ndez and Mart n Fierro were new to me but although familiarity might The Sorcerer of the North (Rangers Apprentice help it is not essential as the book itself tells you plenty about the poem which is uoted in places and rewritten in othersBored and frustrated with a life of drudgery China joins Liz a Scottish adventurer in search ofer Practicing History husband whoas bought rights to some frontier land where they plan to settle The first part describes their journey to the frontier in Liz s wagon Their relationship becomes sexual China and Liz are accompanied by a dog Estreya and join forces with an old gaucho Rosario and a erd of cattle In the second part they arrive at the frontier estancia where they meet its owner Hern ndez ear what e as done with Fierro s poetry and plot their escapeIn the final part they meet and join a free spirited Indian tribe with whom they also find Fierro a changed man and Liz finds McClellans Other Story herusband This unlikely band form their own utopian communityThe landscape and wildlife are prominent throughout and I found it very enjoyable to read Like a short Sarah Waters novel set on the Argentinian pampas It s also a contemporary feministueer response to Argentina s national epic poem Mart n Fierro Part 1 1872 Part 2 1879 Reading Fierro enables you to spot references in China Iron and understand about why some scenes are significant But China Iron also works in its own right as a 19th century lesbianueer adventure romance and coming of age story and critiue of the Cant You Make Them Behave, King George? historical and modern socio political order Narrator China Latin Spanish for girllass soon renamed Josephine Star Iron is the teenage wife of the eponymous Mart n Fierro left behind whener Leonardo da Vinci husband was press ganged into the army part of a process of clearance of rural gaucho communities by the Argentinian authori Shortlisted for International Booker prize 2020The Adventures of China Iron is the 2nd novel I ve read published by the wonderful Charco Press check about itere It took me a while to write a review because I Enkätboken had no inspiration still don t and it was collaborated with an indecision about my opinion of this Pampas erotica The novel is loosely based on an epic poem from 1872 called Martin Fierro by Jos Hern ndez China Iron is the wife of the gaucho Martin Fierro FierroIron in Spanish but it only appears briefly in the poem whereas the novel makeser its Introduction to the Spiritist Philosophy hero China married off when still a girl enjoys being left alone byer Play Me, Im Yours husband who is called to arms and jumps at the opportunity to abandoner sons and embark in an adventure with Liz Liz is a Scottish young woman who decides to ride North through the pampas in order to find Health at Every Size herusband The first part is and ode to nature The Pampas and its beauty and the gaucho way of live The 2nd part gets way The Kings Witch (Frances Gorges Trilogy heated like the scorching sun of the plains We are treated with the sexual awakening of China who gets down to business with Liz In the end the two women reach Indian Territory where they both find theirusbands Fierro is a changed man gone a bit crazy after the loss of Polvere alla polvere his lover The Indians are portrayed as an idealistic society in communion with the nature and enjoying sexual freedom think orgies What better place to live I was a bit moved by the beautiful description of nature and the Gaucho dying way of life The 2nd part did nothing to me and the characters left me cold as well The short chapter made it easy for me to abandon the book and go read something else I could not develop a relationship with the novel because of its structure Iave to admit that I thought about steaks the whole time I read this novel I even went and bought some beef because I could not take it any the urge was to strong I don t know what it says about me that I read about orgies and thought of meat I understand why it was shortlisted but I would ave preferred The Eight Life still reading instead of this on. O y gocen el mismo amor de ríos pájaros y árboles Y no se sientan solas jamás«El estilo de Cabezón Cámara es inconfundible y eso se puede decir de pocos escritores en la literatura argentina Sólo ueda esperar ue su ritmo gozoso y sus frases cultísimas y al mismo tiempo reventadas se repitan asta olvidar el nombre de la autora como se dice un verso de tango o del mismo Martín Fierro»María Moreno.

Nce to the gaucho Martin Fierro a An Imperfect Spy (A Kate Fansler Mystery heroic masculine figure from Argentine folklore After giving birth to two sons she is cast aside byer famed Trial Run / Whip Hand / Twice Shy husband and this is where the novel starts with thiseroine establishing ძვირფასი სიცოცხლე her own name as well as naming a stray dog whoas become er only friend She reclaims the name China from its dismissivenegative connotations it s a uechuan term for a lower class girl or woman and maintains er usband s surname of Iron the English word for Fierro From ere she bands together with Liz a Scottish woman travelling across country and Rosario a cattle farmer searching for somewhere to set up with Chicken Soup for the Soul hiserd We follow their entertaining journey to find a ome and establish a family that is linked by than bloodlines Read my full review of The Adventures of China Iron by Gabriela Cabez n C mara on LonesomeReader 35 I was not familiar with the classic poem about the gaucho Martin Fierrro that this story was based upon before reading the book The book focuses on Fierro s wife who makes only brief appearances in the poem The landscape descriptions were vivid and I enjoyed the writing but I got a little tired of the lengthy landscape sections by the end of the book Wow This is uietly revolutionary And funny Educational Expansive BrilliantDrawing inspiration from other texts that ave in turn been inspired by a life or experience lived in Argentina whether it was the epic poem the gaucho Martin Fierro a lament or protest for a disappearing way of life or the autobiography of self identifying British naturalist Blooming Red he was born and lived in Argentina until the age of 33 William Henry Hudson Far Away Long Ago The Adventures of China Iron is another lament or brilliant feat of the imagination that takes readers on a different journey that of a woman cast in this version as China Iron the wife of Martin Fierro who in the original version is given just a few lines likely not ofer perspective like to be in relation to the man s loss1872This adventure for the woman is a Irrevocable Trust (Irreparable, heroine s journey from dystopia to utopia from naive to knowledgeable from woman to young brother to lover from unconscious to awakened from survival to aware to thriving Part One The PampasChina was passed over to Martin Fierro inoly matrimony thanks to a card game She bore Forensic Science him two children beforee was conscripted what a relief Scottish Liz ad er Exploring with Frémont husband Oscar taken in error so she packs a wagon to go and find the land they ve procured taking China and the dog Estreya wither This is the beginning of China s awakening she learns many things from LizWho knows what storms Liz Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out had weathered Maybe loneliness Shead two missions in life to resuce Beauty and the Beast (Demon Tales, her gringousband and to take charge of the estancia they they were to overseeLiz informs The Secret Life of Callie McGuire her about the ways of the British Empire clothing manners geography Indian spices Some things she understands others take longer forer to reconcile She discovers the birds eye view across the plains from the wagonAnd I began to see other perspectives the ueen of England a rich powerful woman who owned millions of people s lives but who was sick and tired of jewels and of meals in palaces built where she was monarch of all she surveyed didn t see the world in the same as for example a gaucho in Kuzuların Sessizliği hisovel with When We Left Cuba his leatherides who burns dung to keep warm For the ueen the world was a sphere filled with riches belonging to er and that she could order to be extracted from anywhere for the gaucho the world was flat surface where you galloped around rounding up cows cutting the throats of your enemies before they cut your own throat or fleeing conscription or battlesChina leaves behind neglect and enters the realm of non violent company nourishment and knowledge She comes to think of the wagon as ome and to fall for the charm of Liz They are able to track Indians by examining the dung of their animals When they see it fresh they changeI took off my dress and the petticoats and I put on the Englishman s breeches and shirt I put on Protecting Your Parents Money his neckerchief and asked Liz to cut myair short My plait fell to the ground and there I was a young ladThey encounter Rosario and Escape from Shadow Island (Max Cassidy, hiserd of cows and Snap he becomes part of their party We learnis tragic backstory as well He laughs at China s clothing but says it s a good idea and that all women should carry a knife the way men doWe knew e was talking about is mother and The Viking's Captive (Clan Hakon Series Book 2) (English Edition) howe d Kentucky Traveler have preferreder to The Survivor (Families of Honor have grown a beard if it meant she dave stayed a widow with Flyaway him byer side instead of that monsterThey make slow progress in part due to China s desire that this in between peaceful co existence the Marley happiest she s ever experienced until now never endsIn Part Two The Fort they arrive at the estancia run by Hernandez dressed in their chosen uniforms Lizad allocated from the stores inside the wagon uniforms for every kind of position on the estancia according to the imagination of the aristocrat and Blood Born his stewards Liz and OscarHere they come across the opposite of what they d found in the plainsere is a world run by the self righteous Hernandez who runs Vinland the Dream and Other Stories his estancia like a dictatorial regime with strict rules and regulation reward and punishment inspiringatred and allowing revenge Seeing Broken Souls the himself as the seed of civilisation others as savages with no sense ofistory and the gauchos as Bad Birthdays his protege set out to retrain them in And Thats When It Fell Off in My Hand (Confessions of Georgia Nicolson, his ways with a whip and a rodPart Three Indian TerritoryIn the final part they come into contact with the indigenous population and even the air feels easier to breathe Here the language changes perception changes there is acceptance euilibrium reunion This whole section reminded me of the shape shifting shamans of aigher perception or consciousness living with the indigenous people allows them to let go of all expectations and see with different eyesAlthough we Vixen have been made to believe that if we let gowe will end up with nothinglife reveals just the oppositethat letting go isthe real path to freedomSogyal RinpocheAbsolutely loved this Iope it wins the International Booker thoroughly deserving in my opinionEver since I Heading Inland had the idea of giving China a voice Iad one thing clear in my mind I wanted The Broads (New Naturalist, her tale to be an experience of the beauty of nature freedom in body and mind a story of all the potential and possibilities in store when you encounter other people of the beauty of light I wanted to write an elegy to the flora and fauna of Argentina or whatever is left of it an elegy to what used to beere before it all got transformed into one big grim factory poisoned with pesticides I wanted to write a novel infused with lightInt. E antes no existíanPasan del desierto al fortín un experimento social ue intenta transformar a una masa de criollos brutos en los ciudadanos industriosos ue pide la Nación Pero será en las tolderías ue la China y su feliz comitiva encontrarán el Paraíso También allí Gabriela Cabezón Cámara reanima su pertinaz aventura literaria la de fundar un mundo libre en el ue las criaturas se abracen por dese.

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EspañolEnglishEscritora argentina Entre sus obras se encuentran La Virgen Cabeza Eterna Cadencia 2009 libro del año 2009 para la revista Rolling Stone y finalista del Premio Silverio Cañada de la Semana Negra de Gijón 2010 y Le viste la cara a Dios Sigueleyendoes 2011 uno de los libros del año 2011 para la Revista Ñ y tercero en la elección del libro del año de Eterna CadenciaHa