Cristina Rivera Garza’s astounding and mind-bending novel The Iliac Crest is about two women visiting an unnamed narrator at his oceanside home and gradually unraveling his life, fractures his sense of reality and shifting his understanding of his own gender. Rivera Garza highlights 12 female authors from the Spanish-speaking world.
Some of them are cult writers in their respective countries; some have gained recognition across the Spanish-speaking world but have yet to be fully accounted for in English; some are translated into several languages, figuring prominently in trans-border literary conversations in languages other than English; most defy easy classification; all deserve a place in your reading list. This is but a small selection of the many women writers from the Spanish-speaking world who have ceaselessly questioned the status quo, refusing to comply with gender and other hierarchies. Their voices are more necessary than ever. Long live too their fearless and irreverent translators!