Theatre of War
Theatre of War
Escenario de guerra
LITERARY NOVEL ON WAR, CHILDHOOD AND IDENTITY CLASHES | 2000 | 168 pp |
With great tenderness, a shrewd young girl describes the wartime traumas of her exiled parents while she attempts to mend her own course
Tamara is the daughter of two survivors from a distant war, both badly damaged by violent, traumatic experiences.
Her strict father has night terrors and is tormented by the smell of decay. “He incessantly eats because war could break out at any minute.” Her mother is mentally unstable, and is plagued by “unknown diseases”; she even records her “misfortunes on her body.” Faced with her own shortcomings, Tamara rehearses a theatrical representation of her universe. In her "Escenario de guerra" [War Scene], she wields an immensely poetic narrative memory and attempts to piece together her own story and existence.
A stunning and masterful story presenting literature as a powerful tool that can endure even the darkest past.
Theatre of War is one of the winners of the PEN Translates Award 2019.
Spanish language original
World Spanish: Alfaguara Chile, 2004 | Spain: Baladí, 2010 | Costa Rica: Lanzallamas, 2012 | Ebook: Ebooks Patagonia, 2011 | World English: Charco Press (expected 2020)
“An outstanding, perceptive reflection on how global events affect the tiny lives of anonymous citizens”
“A unique, highly emotional novel”
“One of the most interesting and provocative voices of Chilean literature”
—El Mercurio (Perú)
“Andrea Jeftanovic belongs to a group of Latin American contemporary writers widely open to the world”
—Revista de Letras
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.