Country of Planks / El País de Tablas
Author: Raúl Zurita
Translator: Daniel Borzutzky
Publisher: Action Books (2015)
"In Zurita's writing, these are the realities of a contaminated, homicidal nation. The shame of the political has been absorbed by the natural. The blood and the bodies of the disappeared, now scattered throughout the landscape, have become part of the homeland, the Chilean soil. It's a rhetoric of shame, of loss, of unquantifiable and unspeakable violence."