Only what is fugitive remains
(Sólo lo fugitivo permanece)
Where do the paths of Nora García’s life go in these stories? Most of the time, they go places she was not expecting to go to and toward things she was not searching for. Adventures and misadventures, comedy and art, opera and tango, traveling and reading, social criticism and the detailed observations of clothes, trends, and the modus vivendi of different societies, including the permanent pressure of the “social and institutional mandates” and the always so punished female condition.
Supported by the materiality of the human body, Margo Glantz invites us to explore her literary paths: domestic adventures, mandatory visits —medical visits,— and more pleasant visits — social meetings, museum exhibitions, and restaurants. The details and the fragments, the memory and the repetition, the obsession and the broad reading, varied and erudite, articulated with humor, sensitivity, and mastery. Margo Glatz writes prose that combines essay and narrative, autobiography and experimental catalog, history, and philosophy. A book full of culture, poetry, and micro-stories.
“One of the most important and, in terms of style, best-achieved novels of Mexican iterature in the last few years. A musical track”.
—José Manuel Prieto. Letras Libres
Margo Glantz’s book is an essay-novel where the author’s great erudition on music, poetry, painting and general knowledge are interwoven as an ars ombinatorial in the most imaginative, sensible and organic way possible. Fiction isn’t impeded by intellectual perfectionism. Glantz reaches harmoniously and melodically a tone of fiction essay and of an essay elegantly fictionalized.
—Blanca Estela Treviño
• Spanish (Argentina and Uruguay): El cuenco de plata