In 88 pages, Fernández creates a vivid portrayal of both childhood in Pinochet-era Chile and of the adults who came out on the other end of the brutal regime carrying lifelong traumas. In the novel, these traumas come in the form of dreams particularly dreams about the same person: Estrella who grew up with the narrators of the novel. In the face of terrible conditions, these children find solace in each other and in the games they play. In Space Invaders, Fernandez creates a powerful narrative centered on the children trying to have a normal childhood under a dictatorship.
Before he was one of international literature’s most revered figures, Paco Ignacio Taibo II was a student militant who participated in a series of protests in Mexico City during the summer of 1968 that culminated in a government-sanctioned massacre of the demonstrators. Paco, with his trademark irreverent and anti-establishment prose, captures the spirit of the 1968 Mexican student movement in this memoir. Not only is this book a brutal and harrowing narrative of events, it is also a tender depiction of the “Movement” and of what it means to be an idealistic and progressive revolutionary during times of repression and fear.
Borne from a collaboration between two people who are exemplary in their respective fields, writer Teju Cole and photographer Fazal Sheikh has created a book that speaks against the perennial human problem: our unfounded xenophobia and prejudice against the “other”, the foreigner, the refugee. Cole and Sheikh, by using the words of the former and in the photographs of the latter, has created a rallying cry against the troubling increase of discrimination and hate against people who are displaced from their homes either by war or by the restructuring of national borders and the reinforcement of ethnic divisions.