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The Body Where I was Born Hardcover – June 16, 2015
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"Here is an utterly compelling memoir about a specific body, which simultaneous conjures the fragility of that body, as well as the ever-shifting body of memory itself. Nettel has brilliantly found a form to contain the multitudes of what one body can hold." --Nick Flynn
"The gaze [Nettel] turns on madnesses both temperate and destructive, on manias, on deviances, is so sharp that it has us seeing straight into our own obsessions."—Xavier Houssain, Le Monde
"Guadalupe Nettel is one of the most interesting voices of the new Mexican fiction."—J. A. Masoliver Ródenas, La Vanguardia
"Guadalupe Nettel reveals the subliminal beauty within beings of odd behavior and painstakingly examines the intimacies of her soul."—Magazine Littéraire
"It has been a long time since I've found in the literature of my generation a world as personal and untransferable as that of Guadalupe Nettel."—Juan Gabriel Vásquez
"Nettel's eye lightly deforms things and gives rise to a tension, subtle but persistent, that immerses us in an uncomfortable reality, disquieting, even disturbing—a gaze that illuminates her prose like an alien sun shining down on our world."—Valeria Luiselli, author of Sidewalks and Faces in the Crowd
About the Author
The New York Times described GUADALUPE NETTEL’s acclaimed English-language debut, Natural Histories, as “five flawless stories.” A Bogotá 39 author and Granta “Best Untranslated Writer,” Nettel has received numerous prestigious awards, including the Gilberto Owen National Literature Prize, the Antonin Artaud Prize, the Ribera del Duero Short Fiction Award, and the Anna Seghers Prize. She was short-list for the Neustadt Prize, and most recently, won the 2014 Herralde Novel Prize. The Body Where I Was Born, a novel of an unconventional childhood in the seventies, is her first novel to appear in English. Nick Flynn called it "utterly compelling .... [Nettel] has brilliantly found a form to contain the multitudes of what one body can hold." She lives and works in Mexico City.