[-empyre-] The city as a skin -- memory
swht at clear.net.nz
Thu Mar 29 16:49:22 EST 2012
there is an image that keeps coming back to me in regard to the
exhumations and the missing from Ariel Dorfman's /Widows/, a book with
only one image in it: the black-clad women standing beside the river
claiming the corpses as they float down it into the village and wash
ashore: Yes! Yes! That is my husband! That is my brother! That is my son!
Another text of Dorfman's that this discussion has brought to mind is
his long essay in /Some Write to the Future/ on testimonial literature.
The title of this book of essays further recalls Robert Bolaño's future:
/2666/. The overwhelming litany of the lost in book 4, /The Part About
the Crimes/. It is a monument built out of repetition, as effective and
affecting in its way as the Holocaust-Mahnmal in Berlin, by Peter Eisenman.
It is perhaps interesting to note the difference in these two structures
and that of the different 'cities' from which they came. Bringing us
back to the future written but never arriving, like its people, missing.
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