The Adventures of China Iron (Paperback)

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A beautifully queer romance of geographies that left me breathless, desperate to touch and be touched. - EILEEN, Room Bookseller — From Seasons Readings 2020 - Staff Picks!


Shortlisted for the International Booker Prize 2020

1872. The pampas of Argentina. China is a young woman eking out an existence in a remote gaucho encampment. After her no-good husband is conscripted into the army, China bolts for freedom, setting off on a wagon journey through the pampas in the company of her new-found friend Liz, a settler from Scotland. While Liz provides China with a sentimental education and schools her in the nefarious ways of the British Empire, their eyes are opened to the wonders of Argentina's richly diverse flora and fauna, cultures and languages, as well as to the ruthless violence involved in nation-building.

This subversive retelling of Argentina's foundational gaucho epic Mart n Fierro is a celebration of the colour and movement of the living world, the open road, love and sex, and the dream of lasting freedom. With humour and sophistication, Gabriela Cabez n C mara has created a joyful, hallucinatory novel that is also an incisive critique of national myths.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781916465664
ISBN-10: 1916465668
Publisher: Charco Press
Publication Date: October 13th, 2020
Pages: 188
Language: English