Archives for September 10, 2009

{Bookworm Reads} The Invisible Mountain excerpt: Salomé

Image by Sasha H. Muradali. All Rights Reserved 2009.

Montevideo, Uruguay, 1966: Salomé is fifteen years old. She has watched the nation become increasingly repressive, as well as admired the Cuban revolution from afar. Her best friend, Leona, has just led her to a clandestine meeting…

Step into a world like none other: a world of women, ancient tradition and culture that is underlined by the will to survive. This is the world of The Invisible Mountain.

Written by Uruguayan-American author Carolina De Robertis, the story starts on the first day of the millennium in a small town where the local people have gathered to watch a miracle: the reappearance of a lost infant, Pajarita. The tale continues through Pajarita’s lineage, her daughter Eva and her granddaughter Salomé. From the growing city of Montevideo, to Perón’s glittering Buenos Aires to the rustic hills of Rio de Janeiro, The Invisible Mountain is a rich illustration of Latino and Spanish language and literature.

About the Author

Carolina De Robertis was raised in England, Switzerland, and California by Uruguayan parents. Her fiction and literary translations have appeared in ColorLines, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and Zoetrope: All-Story, among others. She is the recipient of a 2008 Hedgebrook Residency for Women Authoring Change and the translator of the Chilean novella Bonsái by Alejandro Zambra. She lives in Oakland, California.

Excerpt I: Pajarita on Voces

Except II: Eva on La Bloga

Excerpt III: Salomé (below) [Read more…]

I am the Internet: Are you a Dependent?

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When Twitter broke a few weeks ago, I thought I thought I would cry. Then it nearly took Facebook with it and I was like, seriously? C’mon now…

The need, want and yearning I had once felt was gone. BAM!

Well, the mother of all things happened last week – Gmail went down.

Google, the mothership, went down.


How could you do this to me?!

*one sentence rant over*

But yes, my friends, how dependent are we on the Internet? [Read more…]