Ocho centímetros

Eight Centimeters | Páginas de Espuma, 2015

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(Eight Centimeters) What is the distance separating sorrow and joy? In a shanty town, a born-again gypsy preacher declares to a frenzied gathering of followers that the distance between one and the other is eight centimetres. It is in this minute space that Nuria Barros sets her bold, pulsating stories: where all is not yet lost, where writing can reveal borderlands that rarely see the light of day. These eleven stories have a hard edge and shine with a harsh light. They are eleven diamonds. They cut to the bone. Is that not just what we look for in literature? That it dig deep, that it enlighten us, that it pull no punches.