State of Exile

State of Exile

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Author: Cristina Peri Rossi

Publisher: City Lights (2008)

Cristina Peri Rossi was born in Uruguay and is considered a leading light of the “Latin American Boom” generation. In 1972, after her work was banned under a repressive military regime, she left her country, moving to Spain.

This collection of poems, written during her journey and the first period of her self-exile, was so personal that it remained unpublished for almost thirty years. It is accompanied here by two brilliant essays on exile, one by Peri Rossi and the other by translator Marilyn Buck, who is an American political prisoner, exiled in her own land.