A review of The Iliac Crest by Ron Slate:
If, as readers, what we desire in fiction and poetry is a vision of a complete world, then Cristina Rivera Garza’s novel offers a disturbing fulfillment. For writers wishing to take up issues of gender and identity, the novel is essential reading – because it teaches how to integrate ideas within the artful wholeness of an imaginative vision. Here, self-integrity doesn’t issue merely from the rightness of one’s values. We have just begun to fathom what we are, the words are only now arriving haltingly from “beyond memory.” Here, equality among beings is a starting point, not a destination, and everyone is struggling against the life-diminishing aspects of culture. “Women, I assume, understand,” says the doctor about his “new condition.” “To the men, it is enough to know that this happens more often than we think.”
Garza’s language, in Sarah Booker’s attuned translation, not only lets us hear the sound of an awakening but actually draws us into the disorienting process of seeing ourselves anew. The Iliac Crest is simply astonishing.
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