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Cinco Décadas de Cuento Mexicano. Antología. Perea, Pitman, Taylor, Tedeschi, Valenzuela

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Alberto Chimal



Her mother’s face. The doll she threw across the window. The book she burned. The fishbowl she emptied in the living room. The doll whose legs she tore apart. Her first psychiatrist. The bowl she hit her mother with. Her nanny a little before she went away. Her mother´s mom a little before she went away. Her father a little before he went away. Her mother’s face. Her second psychiatrist. The cat she put into the oven. Her first kindergarten. The boy she kicked. Her third psychiatrist. The cut braid of her classmate. The corner where she was punished. The cut in the face of her partner. Her fourth psychiatrist. Her second kindergarten. The dog she gutted. The chair she was tied to. Her mother’s arm in a sling. Her teacher’s arm in a sling. Her fifth psychiatrist’s arm in a sling. Her third kindergarten. The boy who hit her. The piece of the ear of the boy who hit her. Her fourth kindergarten. The police report against her. Her mother’s bag. The principal of the elementary school who did not want to admit her. Her mother’s face. The principal of second the elementary school who did not want to admit her. Her mother’s debit card. The principal of the elementary school who admitted her. The girl she tried to drown in the toilet. The girl she pushed off the stairs. The letter of her classmates’ parents against her. Her mother’s face. Her mother’s naked shoulder. The principal of the second elementary school who admitted her. The sweater of her missing classmate. The body of her missing classmate. Her mother’s face. The police car that went to pick her up. Her mother’s face. The bus that she boarded with her mother. The first motel where she slept with her mother. The fire in the first motel where she slept with her mother. The bulletin with her mother’s picture. Her mother’s face. The second motel where she slept with her mother. The baby who endured three days in the room where she slept with her mother. Her mother’s face. The third motel where she slept with her mother. The telephone her mother tried to use. Her mother’s face. Her mother’s eye. Her mother’s tongue. Her mother’s other eye. The car of the man who picked her up on the highway. The first newscaster who spoke about her in television. The car of the second man who picked her up in the highway.*

Translated by Jorge A. Rojo

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Fuente: *From the book Éstos son los días, México, Era-CONACULTA, 2004.

 

 

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