Jorge Barón Biza

Jorge Barón Biza

Jorge Baron Biza (1942-2001) was a journalist and professor, who also worked for various Argentinian publishing houses. His family’s tragic lives are documented in several books, including The Desert and Its Seed.

The Desert and Its Seed

Fiction by Jorge Barón Biza

Translated from the Spanish by Camilo Ramirez

The Desert and Its Seed opens with a taxi ride to the hospital: a recently- separated wife’s face is disintegrating from acid thrown by her ex-husband while they signed divorce papers. Mario, their son, tries to wipe the acid from his mother’s cheeks but his own fingers burn. What follows is a fruitless attempt to reconstruct her face— first in Buenos Aires, thereafter in Milan. Mario, the narrator, becomes the shadow and witness of the reconstruction attempts to repair his mother’s outraged flesh.…
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The Desert and Its Seed chronicles the aftermath of an attack identical to the one that Baron Biza’s father perpetrated against his mother. Baron Biza maintains [a] mixture of unflinching scrutiny and cool lyricism through the novel. It feels strikingly of the moment, as a resurgent feminist movement draws attention to the wide scope of misogyny.

—Alejandro Chacoff, The New Yorker

Elegant prose.

Publishers Weekly
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