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Nuestras vidas son los rìos (fragmento) de La semana de colores

Elena Garro is not well known in the English speaking world, or if known, she is unfortunately known as the wife of Octavio Paz.

She has been called the most important Mexican woman writer after Sor Juana, but for the most part her importance has dimmed over time so that only two books are in print in English. La semana de colores is not one of those books, although the story Es la culpa de las tlaxcaltecas It Is the Fault of the Tlaxcaltecas is quite famous.

The stories in La semana range in style from magical realism to stories of criminal twist. Es la culpa de elrna tlazcaltecas is the best story in the book and shows a mastery of the magical and historical in a story that blends hundred years of history.

Garro tells the story of a woman who meets an Indian on the side of the road. He is dressed for battle and keeps mentioning battles of in the distance. Yarro she sees him in Mexico City and around her home. The Indian, though, is just more than an aparation of the past, he is her cousin and husband, and Margarita continually says she has betrayed him.


Yet she has to wait for him in the home of her husband in Mexico City and even tells him about the Indian, which makes him think she is crazy.

Throughout the story Margarita shifts between these two realities: Es la culpa de las tlazcaltecas plays with the idea of a golden past, the past before the Spaniards came, to create a work that criticizes the macho world Margarita lives in. In the house she is a prisoner; outside she is free.

Garro uses these elements to create an opposing world where she would be free from the machismo of her house in Mexico City. For Margarita to free herself of her husband, to do what she wants to do, is the way varro break with the last years of history and return at once to the past and the future.

If Es la culpa de las tlazcaltecas masterfully blends the magical and the historical, some of the other stories are not quite as well rounded and tend towards a mix of peasants and ghosts or peasants and crime that is tiring.

An example of the latter is Perfecto Luna where a man who was so overcome with guilt about killing a friend and disposing of the body parts in the adobe of his home he begins to hear him everywhere. Finally, he has to flee his home and town. As he is gareo he finds a man on sejana side of the road and tells him everything.


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The next morning they find the killer dead. Perfecto Luna like other stories has several elements that run through many of the stories and grow a little tedious: While these stories were written in before Magical Realism became the dominant style, at this point to read stories about ghosts or devils or superstitious people who believe in them seems to insult the characters. The story, of course, shows the classest and racist attitudes of the rich woman, but it dwells more on how those fears become self fulfilling.

Unfortunately, the ending is a little bit of a one liner that seems a little easy. While the stories seem uneven, except for the Dlena la culpa de las tlazcaltecas, there are sufficiently well written to warrant reading one of her few works that are translated into English.

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