Cristina Peri Rossi is one of the most acclaimed and personal voices in Hispanic letters. This volume of short stories, Panic Signs, first published in 1970 in Montevideo, Uruguay, presages the atrocities that would come with dictatorship in 1972. The premonitory dimension is one of the striking characteristics in all the stories -- a sense of impending catastrophe, sometimes hallucinatory and often graphic, leads us to undetermined places where the horrors of censorship, torture, and human bondage take place. At the same time, the stories expose the shackles that incapacitate us and deny us the acceptance of ourselves. This elegy for freedom mourns the loss of liberty and justice while seducing us into questioning what we hold true. The metaphorical procession of images, and the craftsmanship of a narrative that continually engage us, motivate us to explore our own uncertainties and values, and offer an unquestionable opportunity to reassess today's global conditions. Peri Rossi succeeds in creating a whirlwind of despair and self-discovery, impelling us to assess our own panic signs and so avoid being entrapped by those who hold power over us. The translation of this powerful text will help English-speaking readers attain a more profound understanding of the complexities of Latin America's cultural and socio-political issues.
Cristina Peri Rossi was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, in 1941 and started her literary career in 1963 with the publication of her collection of short stories: Viviendo. She was a professor of comparative literature, a translator, and a journalist. In 1972, after the military coup in Uruguay, she emigrated to Spain where she lives and writes today. Her first narrative publications ( El libro de mis primos , 1969; Indicios pA nicos , 1970) combined symbolism with irony, questioning social reality and patriarchal structures. From 1972 through to the early 1980s, her work was banned in Uruguay. Cristina Peri Rossias spirit of innovation, her rebelliousness, and her disregard for the conventions of society have made her an emblematic personality of the 1970s. This collection of short stories was originally published as Indicios pA nicos in 1970 by Editorial Nuestra AmA(c)rica. Mercedes Rowinsky-Geurts is an associate professor at Wilfrid Laurier University, specializing in Latin American social and political issues, the Latin American diaspora, and women writers of the twentieth century. Her book Imagen y discurso: El estudio de las imA genes en la obra de Cristina Peri Rossi (1995) has been awarded a Special Mention by the Ministry of Education and Culture in Uruguay in 1998. In 2000, Mercedes Rowinsky-Geurts was awarded the Outstanding Teacher Award at Wilfrid Laurier University. Angelo A. Borras is a professor emeritus of Spanish in the Department of Languages and Literatures at Wilfrid Laurier University. Author of El teatro del exilio de Max Aub, and editor and co-author of The Theatre and Hispanic Life: Essays in Honour of Neale H. Tayler (WLU Press), he has published many articles on contemporary Spanish literature, several of which deal with exile literature.