PERSONAL LITERARY ESSAYS ON IDENTITY AND GLOBALIZED BORDERS | 2016 | 240 pp
Stories navigating between the bleakness of reality and the healing powers of memory
In the nine non-fiction essays that comprise Destinos errantes [Wandering Destinations] Andrea Jeftanovic explores border regions. Her stories are set in faraway places, where she addresses deeply intimate issues. Among the many locations in Destinos, she travels to a tunnel below Sarajevo, as the city is under attack during the Yugoslav Wars. Jeftanovic also examines the unclear maritime border between Chile and Peru. She visits an organization for the family members of victims of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as well as the Brazilian hideouts of Clarice Lispector’s characters.
Jeftanovic ventures into these spaces, armed with irony, madness, an incredibly personal lens and, in the words of Care Santos, “her powerful ability to explore the twists and turns of the human mind.” In each place, she strives to understand the intricacies of war, politics, culture or language.
Spanish language original
“A unique, distinctive voice, and an absolutely inimitable style”
“Andrea Jeftanovic belongs to a group of Latin American contemporary writers widely open to the world”
—Revista de Letras
“One of the most interesting and provocative voices of Chilean literature”
—EL MERCURIO (Perú)
”A keen look at multiple, complex realities. Her prose is a testament to her greatest influences, Sebald, Benjamin or Lispector”
—QUÉ LEER Magazine
SANTIAGO DE CHILE, 1970
The daughter of a Serbian father and a Bulgarian mother, Andrea Jeftanovic was born in Santiago de Chile the same year Salvador Allende walked in the Palacio de La Moneda. The inheritance of loss, the violence of desire and the inner urge to find a sense of self, count among her chief subjects.