Carne viva

Carne viva

Stories | Eterna Cadencia , 2011 | 122 pages
“Vera Giaconi’s phrase, clean, substantial, forceful, composes characters and settings in its flow and when it has made the situation palpable it lets its own tension split it wide open. These stories, variations on the theme of the anomalous woman in the gloomy repetitions of average private lives, are made up of slippery transitions and imprudent dialogues: when feelings become conscious, the phrase has already given them away and another phrase comes along to consume them. From this rapid wear a climate of uncontrollable expectation, of naive hopes if you will, emerges, one that we today are all familiar with from our own experience even though some of us cannot describe it. Vera Giaconi does not hide her contact with a school of English-language women writers who have for many decades been keeping realism on tenterhooks—one that goes back to Flannery O’Connor and Eudora Welty, but also to Katherine Mansfield, and is still rich  today. It is a tradition that has given to literature no fewer perspectives and to the reader no less breadth (and disquiet) than the great experimental narrative. In reality she also experiments but in a different way—knowing that, if it is not possible to recount reality, it is quite possible to describe well with what crazy degree of error, of horror and of accuracy we perceive it.” Marcelo Cohen

An exceptional first book of stories, almost impossible to pigeon-hole. Silvina Friera Página 12

Her characters, stories and situations do not aim at credibility, but something much more difficult: sincerity….This is an intense but ascetic practice, which Giaconi undertakes in earnest, precise, with a feeling for detail which invites the reader to go back over each page. Hugo Salas, Los inrockruptibles

From a hyperlucid point of view translated into an intonation that aspires to perfection, the stories produce the effect of a reading under anesthesia, no doubt one of the ways required for bearing pain, illness, the fear of others, and that hell–for some—called family. Daniel Gigena, La Nación, Argentina

In the same way as Katherine Mansfield, Giaconi has a great capacity for mentioning the unmentionable, revealing the impalpable, pushing limits while administering the story with a careful economy of words. Virginia Cosin, Suplemento Ñ, Clarín

Giaconi leads the reader to the edge, not with deceit, but with the seduction of      luminously dark writing where one constantly suspects something is about to happen, one has the presentiment, but one cannot stop, or hold back the woman who is the main character in the story and may crash. Lisy Smiles, La Capital (Rosario, Argentina)

Why beat about the bush: Cane viva is an extraordinary book in the broad sense of the term, which is to say, it is excellent and goes beyond the commonplace. A collection of disquieting, impeccable stories. Annoying, because they come to an end. But so intense that one cannot stop thinking about them. Tiempo Argentino

Publisher by: Spanish  Eterna Cadencia/ Hebrew  Zikit Book