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Cambio de armas

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  142 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Paperback, 196 pages
Published July 28th 2004 by Grupo Editorial Norma (first published October 1982)
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Feb 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
You wanna talk about tragedies, let's talk about tragedies: the burial of Luisa Valenzuela in the United States. From what I understand, she's a legend of Latin American literature, counting Carlos Fuentes, Julio Cortazar, and Jorge Luis Borges, the latter also a supporter and friend of the great Silvina Ocampo, whose readers I'd say are super-guilty of tokenizing Latin American writers as magical realists. Granted, the recent popularity of Roberto Bolano, Lina Meruane (note to American publishe ...more
Mar 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favs, borrowed, 2013
Completely life-changing, it has become one of my favourite books ever. I don't think I have words to describe the way in which Valenzuela writes so disturbingly yet beautifully about the power dynamics between men and women, woman sexuality, political repression and the use of language as a weapon. Just go and read it.
Paul Kerschen
Nov 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Sex and power are usually a cold brew, no matter how many French herbs you stir in; writing with desire can lead anywhere at all, but writing about desire is a bad-faith invitation to get hot and bothered over a lab report. So what makes this book different—why is Luisa Valenzuela so obviously the real thing? The claustrophobia of state repression rendered as in an exacting horror movie, by what it leaves out, avenues closed. That desire still exists, a familiar beating heart, and has only these ...more
Cecília Núñez
Apr 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Cruel però necessària.
Dec 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: human rights activists, readers of Latin American literature
Recommended to Brandon by: Terry Hertzler
The short stories in Luisa Valenzuela's Other Weapons are dark romances, nearly a kind of Latin American film noir in which the revolution replaces the domestic SoCal backdrop.

The politics of Valenzuela's heroines seem to serve as metaphors for the troubled relationships between men and women. Oddly, the women are revolutionaries by proxy. The female protagonists' failure to take up arms for themselves is nowhere as strong as in the title story (view spoiler)
May 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book of short stories interestingly intertwines the violence of gender, language and politics. Published close to the dissolution of the dictatorship in Argentina, Valenzuela explores the inability of language to explain the randomized violence of the military regime. In "Cuarta versión", a female narrator tries to piece together and make sense of the fragmented diary of an Argentine actress, Bella, who inadvertently becomes a conduit for political refugees. The narrator desires to understa ...more
This story was depressing. You feel the confusion and desperation of the main character. And you see the cruleness of her husband and don't understand why she stays, why she is traped. Eventually everything is told at the end but there are still things that are untold. The ending is also pretty open ended, you are left to make up your own ending. Had to read this for a class, probably wouldn't have read it on my own. It was okay but wasn't really enthralling to read.
Dec 12, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: short-stories
I just re-read this book (April 2011) in order to teach it for a class on literature of the Southern Cone. This is at least the third time I've read "Cambio de armas," and each time I am more impressed by the quality of Valenzuela's writing and more moved by the power of her stories.
Read in Global Women Writers Class Spring 2007
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Luisa Valenzuela is a post-'Boom' novelist and short story writer. Her writing is characterized by an experimental, avant-garde style which questions hierarchical social structures from a feminist perspective. She is best known for her work written in response to the dictatorship of the 1970s in Argentina. Works such as Como en la guerra (1977), Cambio de armas (1982) and Cola de lagartija (1983) ...more