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The Body Where I Was Born
Author: Guadalupe Nettel

ISBN: 9781742586830
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 1 May 2015
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.8
Description:
"I was born with a white spot, or what others call a birthmark, on the cornea of my right eye. That spot would have been entirely insignificant if it hadn't been right in the center of my iris."

So begins Guadalupe Nettel's exquisite novel based on her memories of growing up in Mexico in the seventies, with a birth defect in her eye and a family intent on fixing it. From a psychoanalyst's couch the narrator looks back on her bizarre childhood, having somehow survived the emotional havoc she went through. In the intimate and delicately crafted narrative echoes the tender voice of the narrator's younger self, a sharp, sensitive girl infinitely more damaged by the deformities life inflicted upon her than by her birth defect.

The novel's perfectly bare language and its smart humor, both delicate and unafraid, weave together a strand of touching, sometimes painful, sometimes delightful moments in the narrator's unconventional childhood that crushed her, scarred her, mended her, tore her apart and made her whole. With this novel Guadalupe Nettel confirms what the critics have celebrated since her literary debut: s...

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