RaveBOMBAnecdotes of violence litter the background of the protagonist's own story, resisting interpretation; their arbitrariness adds to the mood of bewilderment ... Camanchaca succeeds at combining the particularity of its setting with scenarios that feel almost classical: a murdered brother and the perversion of the mother-son relationship. But it also dramatizes the struggle to understand the previous generation, whether the truth sought is that of family or country ... Zúñiga does not dissect the parents' involvement in politics but gestures at their involvement in a small and sordid personal affair. His narrator, whose emotional detachment and spare, anti-lyrical voice is perfectly captured by McDowell, can only imagine a past before the crisis.
Lina Meruane, Trans. by Megan McDowell
RaveThe Los Angeles Times\"Seeing Red becomes a searing commentary on the limits of family relationships and the cruelty that, under duress, we are capable of exerting on those we love ... Meruane\'s sentences burn with vigor and urgency. Occasionally, they dissolve before concluding, forcing the reader to complete the thought, as if words themselves had been cauterized, like veins\