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The People of Paper by Salvador Plascencia
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Mar 13, 2013

really liked it
Read from August 08, 2012 to March 13, 2013

Oh the pain- the pain of heartbreak, broken dreams, broken families...

And the imagery of the pain is all too real in this novel. I think this interview with Plascencia sheds light on the pain:


"By the way Genet puts it, a wound is not only the genesis of but also the fuel for creation. The injury, the cut, must be sustained. To heal is to risk losing the ability to be an artist. In that configuration, art is ultimately masochistic, because it prevents closure; the mending of tissues is suspended and the pain is extended. But I guess there are thousands of varieties of wounds, and not all of them expose bone and organs. The sadness of failed romantic love cuts one way. The sadness of social injustice takes the form of repeated shanks, and so on…All these abrasions, regardless of their depth, provoke introspection because we are forced to come to terms with our frailty and mortality."

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