The daily and tiny catastrophes that an irreparable absence causes within a family
El libro de Aisha by Sylvia Aguilar Zéleny
Publisher: Penguin Literature House (2021)
"El libro de Aisha (The Book of Aisha) documents the daily and tiny catastrophes that an irreparable absence causes within a family when one of its members becomes a stranger. Who do we become when we are the surviving witness to tell the story of how we lost the intimate and close presence of a sister or daughter?
The protagonist of this novel delves into her past and memory, but also that of those others who witnessed how her sister stopped being her sister, in order to rebuild her own identity through a scriptural appropriation and speculate on the traces that, as crumbs, Aisha leaves behind in her continuous flight. "To speak of her is to open a wound", writes Sylvia Aguilar Zéleny in this powerful and endearing hybrid novel that tends directions of meaning towards the autobiographical and the chronicle, assembled from conversations, letters, dialogues, emails, notes, interviews and bibliographic clippings that confront us with the idea of self and love as abysses." Sara Uribe