Guadalupe Muro

Air Carnation by Guadalupe Muro

Air Carnation by Guadalupe Muro

Argentina-born writer Guadalupe Muro’s naturalist approach to prose comes to light in Air Carnation. Playing with boundaries of non-fiction and fiction, Muro presents short pieces that weave family, friendship, love, and conflict. Muro’s ability to move between comedy and trauma, belonging and displacement, and the divine and the ordinary results in a series that explores the imperfections and convergences of such dichotomies. Air Carnation is a story of the actuality of her own life as a daughter, lover, friend, and artist. In a climate of overwhelming obsession with identity politics, Muro transcends what it means to occupy categories of difference. Her honesty regarding her upbringing is not self-serving, moving past tokenization or fetishization—this is a woman who seeks her own truth. She is a child of hippies, who were children of the 1960s; she does not romanticize or penalize, and her refusal to come to such simple conclusions is exactly what allows Air Carnation to be so inciting.

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