[-empyre-] reclaiming

Ana Valdés agora158 at gmail.com
Fri Mar 9 04:16:17 EST 2012

Hi friends, first welcome to my good friend Alicia Migdal, a writer and
literary critic, who is going to be one of our guests next week.
She posted now as part of the conversation and I tried a translation for
all our non-Spanish speaking subscribers.
Please bear with me, I am not a native English speaker and Alicias language
is a wonderful literary language, I hope I did her post justice. If not, I

My translation of Alicia's post:

Argentinas economic and social crisis from the years 2001-2002 resulted in
many interesting experiences we can call autogestionated. The information
and memory from that time is now in loose threads, as it happen often when
the attention change to other issues.
There were many occupied factories which were recovered by their workers.
In the cultural field the most interesting cultural phenomenon was Eloisa
Cartonera, an underground publishing house with handmade books started
among others by the writer Washington Cucurto.
In Montevideo there is a similar project called La propia cartonera.
Their editions are made from recycled wellpaper and paper waste, with a
very personal design. Recognized writers and new ones participate in the
project, Ricardo Piglia, César Aira, Dani Umpi. Everyone gives away their
copyrights to these cooperative project.
They are situated in the neighboorhood La Boca, where they have courses and
meetings. Their catalog have more than 100 titles.

On Thu, Mar 8, 2012 at 5:26 PM, Alicia Migdal <aliciamigdal at gmail.com>wrote:

> De la experiencia autogestionaria producto de la crisis argentina del
> 2001/02 la información se ha ido deshilachando, como sucede en general
> después de momentos cruciales que hegemonizan la atención. Hubo una
> importante cantidad de fábricas recuperadas por los obreros.
> En el ámbito cultural el fenómeno más interesante fue el de Eloísa
> Cartonera, una editorial artesanal de la que el escritor   Washington
> Cucurto  es uno de sus promotores. En Montevideo existe La propia
> cartonera, como proyecto similar.
>  Son ediciones hechas a partir del reciclaje de cartones y materiales de
> descarte, con un tipo de diseño personalizado  y en las que hay tanto
> nuevos escritores como consagrados. Por ejemplo, Ricardo Piglia, César
> Aira, Dani Umpi.  Todos ceden sus derechos para este proyecto cooperativo.
> Su sede es en el barrio de La Boca, donde hacen además cursos y encuentros.
> Tienen un catálogo de más de 100 títulos.
> --

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