When My Brother Was an Aztec

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9780571368860
 
FROM THE WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE IN POETRY 2021

When My Brother Was an Aztec is a work of courage and invention - one that foregrounds the particularities of family dynamics and individual passion against the backdrop of western mythologies and a deeply rooted cultural history.
FROM THE WINNER OF THE 2021 PULITZER PRIZE IN POETRY

When My Brother Was an Aztec is a work of courage and invention - one that foregrounds the particularities of family dynamics and individual passion against the backdrop of Western mythologies and a deeply rooted cultural history. Natalie Diaz's arresting debut explores a brother's addiction and its devastating effects on a household, while offering a political critique of our nations and their pasts. It acknowledges absences and uncomfortable silences, as well as conjuring vivid voices and presences, from Antigone and Houdini to Huitzilopochtli and Jesus.

Stolen cowboy boots, violins on fire; a mariachi band playing in the bathroom, a black bayonet carried between the shoulder blades; the beauty of busted fruit, the sight of hellish visions - Diaz both revels and reveals through her distinctive use of language and imagery, bringing to life every intimate and communal encounter, blooming abundance from scarcity. The result is a wrenching portrayal of sacrifice, want, despair and fortitude that feels truly transformative.
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Weight 0.170000
Author Diaz, Natalie
Availability IP
Department Literature
Edition Main
Format Paperback
ISBN 9780571368860
Pages 112
Published 18/08/2022
Publisher Faber and Faber
Section Literature
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