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Wilfrid Laurier University Press
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Cristina Peri Rossi is one of the most acclaimed and personal voices in Hispanic letters. This volume of short stories, Panic Signs, first published in 1970 in Montevideo, Uruguay, presages the atrocities that would come with dictatorship in 1972.

The premonitory dimension is one of the striking characteristics in all the stories — a sense of impending catastrophe, sometimes hallucinatory and often graphic, leads us to undetermined places where the horrors of censorship, torture, and human bondage take place. At the same time, the stories expose the shackles that incapacitate us and deny us the acceptance of ourselves.

This elegy for freedom mourns the loss of liberty and justice while seducing us into questioning what we hold true. The metaphorical procession of images, and the craftsmanship of a narrative that continually engage us, motivate us to explore our own uncertainties and values, and offer an unquestionable opportunity to reassess today’s global conditions. Peri Rossi succeeds in creating a whirlwind of despair and self-discovery, impelling us to assess our own panic signs and so avoid being entrapped by those who hold power over us.

The translation of this powerful text will help English-speaking readers attain a more profound understanding of the complexities of Latin America’s cultural and socio-political issues.

Table of Contents

  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Prologue
  2. pp. 1-3
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  1. 1. I am very interested in botany
  2. pp. 4-5
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  1. 2. I live in a country of old people
  2. pp. 6-8
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  1. 3. I have never been in Vermont
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  1. 4. We have not gone to the moon
  2. p. 10
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  1. 5. For more than twenty-five years
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  1. 6. Sometimes my mother consoles me
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  1. 7. I spent many years caressing statues
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  1. 8. I always imagine
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  1. 9. She brought me passionate presents
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  1. 10. She hands me the scarf
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  1. 11. I contribute to the general racket
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  1. 12. She had been brought from Peru
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  1. 13. I have a tiny apartment
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  1. 14. She has given me happiness
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  1. 15. Dialogue with the Writer
  2. pp. 24-25
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  1. 16. For many years I lived
  2. pp. 26-27
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  1. 17. When I was mature enough
  2. pp. 28-29
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  1. 18. Hell is bloody birds
  2. p. 30
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  1. 19. "You are very beautiful"
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  1. 20. I will till no more
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  1. 21. In the ghetto of my womb
  2. p. 33
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  1. 22. I dreamt that I was
  2. p. 34
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  1. 23. Desertion
  2. pp. 35-37
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  1. 24. What is happening?
  2. pp. 38-40
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  1. 25. As I was walking along
  2. p. 41
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  1. 26. The Acrobats
  2. pp. 42-46
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  1. 27. Besieged
  2. pp. 47-55
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  1. 28. The minister called me
  2. pp. 56-58
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  1. 29. "What are you doing?"
  2. p. 59
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  1. 30. Disobedience and the Bear Hunt
  2. pp. 60-68
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  1. 31. The Statue
  2. pp. 69-72
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  1. 32. I possessed her when I was eight
  2. p. 73
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  1. 33. Mam's Farewell
  2. pp. 74-76
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  1. 34. I started to feel your absence
  2. pp. 77-80
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  1. 35. At the corner bar
  2. pp. 81-82
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  1. 36. When the bishops rebelled
  2. p. 83
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  1. 37. A Great Family
  2. pp. 84-87
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  1. 38. Such apparent senselessness
  2. p. 88
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  1. 39. I was enjoying an ice cream cone
  2. p. 89
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  1. 40. Selene I
  2. p. 90
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  1. 41. Selene II
  2. p. 91
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  1. 42. I have come by train
  2. pp. 92-93
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  1. 43. Urgent Messages for Navigators
  2. pp. 94-95
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  1. 44. The Social Contract
  2. pp. 96-101
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  1. 45. The Stampede
  2. pp. 102-107
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  1. 46. The Hero
  2. pp. 108-112
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  1. Other books by Cristina Peri Rossi
  2. pp. 113-114
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