“MÓNICA RÍOS IS A SIGNIFICANT LATINAMERICAN WRITER END EDITOR. EDITORIAL SANGRÍA, WHICH SHE DIRECTS, HAS AN IMPORTANT INTERNATIONAL ECHO AND HERSELF, AS A NARRATOR, HAS BEEN RECOGNIZED FOR HER VANGUARD BOOKS WHICH OCCUPY AS NARRATIVE BACKGROUND CINEMATOGRAPHY, CENTERED IN THE IDEA OF ESCENE AND SCRIPT.” – Diamela Eltit
Diamela Eltit is a Global distinguished Chilean Professor for creative writing at New York University. Miss Eltit began studying Literature during the Pinochet Dictatorship (1973-1990). She was a member in the Chilean Activiast group of Artists (CADA) who used theatricial and artistic performances to challenge the Pinochet Dictatorship. Some of her written texts include Lumpérica (1983) and Por la patria (1986) which were written during the time of the dictatorship. Her more recent work involves such titles as El Cuarto Mundo (1988), El padre mío (1989), Vaca sagrada (1991), Los vigilantes (1994), Los trabajadores de la muerte (1998), Mano de obra (2002) and Jamás el fuego nunca (2007) and Impuesto a la carne (2010).
“Diamela Eltit is the prize-winning author of five novels that have attracted attention all over the Latin America, Europe, and academic circles in the United States. E. Luminata was published in 1983 when Eltit was participating in collective actions against Pinochet’s military regime. This remarkable first novel broke with all established literary tradition and continues to astonish because of its intransigence and its refusals — of plot, character, literary convention, and ideological positioning.”
Monica Rios was born in Santiago de Chile in 1978. She is a teacher, writer, researcher, workshop facilitator and editor.Miss Ríos studied in the University Mayor, Santiago de Chile for five years; 2005-2010. From here she began her teaching experience and PHD in Spanish Literature in the Rutgers University in New Brunswick where she is still currently involved in Teaching aspects, alongside writing her own work. She was written many short stories, novels, articles and web publications throughout her career.
Her published novels include ‘Seconds’ (Sangria, 2010), ‘Alias el Rocío’ (Flamethrower, 2014), ‘Alias el Rucio’ (Sangria, 2015), the English novel ‘Maybe someone was feeding her’ (Tunnel Books, 2016) and ‘The Phantom’ in the series Instantaneous Relationship (2016). She has published essays in ‘Aggression into Words’ (2008), Women’s film in the Post-Dictatorship (2010), Peripheral Places (2010) and Hall of Anomalies (2013). Her stories have been collected in several anthologies and magazines, in Castilian and translated into English.
Mónica’s books have had a huge impact with regards to modern issues. Her book, “womens’ film in the Post-Dictatorship”, had an especially great impact on many readers. The book itself was reconstructed from three lost films that were directed by Chilean women filmmakers in the early 1900’s. The Women introduced perspectives on gender and ethnicity that were all subsequently discarded by the power structure of the nation. Mónica, with great interests in Feminism and Gender Equality, used these three films to substantiate the importance of equality and to portray how women were treated years ago. Mónica Rios’ research interests do not only include this aspect of feminism, but also issues such as modernization, immigration and colonization; which are present throughout an array of her work.
Although the majority of review surrounding this Authors work have been positive, some may say that they find her work difficult to comprehend. One reviewer on Mónicas work felt that he was lost whilst reading the book “Alias el Rucio”;
“It is a text that seems to lose its train of thought at times, although (sometimes) it recovers. It is clear that this text is an experiment. You have to give it a second read at times. I can not even say whether I like it or not.” (Renato Gomez, 2016)
This being said, the same man stated that the book was “the strangest book I’ve read in many years. It almost completely destroyed me. It’s a category that stays tiny. What it is, is that it surprises me completely.”
I believe her style of writing, this element of realism and honesty within the texts, can be alarming for many. Mónica concentrates on real life issues that many of us have not faced before, or have been ignorant towards for that matter. This is an element I appreciate as it allows the reader to open up their eyes and mind to the world around us; past and present, in order for us to re-evaluate what we believe to be occurring around us.
The newly written text that I am focusing on in this Book Proposal is structured in such a way that the reader needs to place them self within the text. When reading you are asked to focus on the surroundings whilst creating a tone of speech for the situations. We need to mimic in our minds this idea of ‘overwhelming thoughts’; those which come to us during uncomfortable situations. the paragraphs are not too long within the story. This gives a sense that everything is happening so fast. In a poverty stricken area, people do not have time to waste. They are under constant pressure to make ends meet in view of surviving. There is neither a defined time differential within the text between night and day. This links in nicely with the fact that this man never sleeps peacefully. His nights become his days as he lies awake in bed and vice versa; when he is a day dreamer.