Mongrel Tongue

Megin Jiménez

1913 Press, 2019
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This collection of prose poems and hybrid texts uncovers what is left out of the official history, the movie version, the news account, the branding campaign. Latin Americans exiled in surreal landscapes, women on the lam from the eternal feminine, and people awake to the breakdown of the general narrative take shape in monologues, interviews, fractured fairytales, and alternative histories.

Megin Jiménez was born in Mérida, Venezuela and grew up in Denver, USA. She studied at the University of Denver, Université Paris-Sorbonne and received an MFA from The New School. Her writing has appeared in Barrow Street, Denver Quarterly, Kenyon Review Online, Tarpaulin Sky, Redivider, and other journals. She works as a translator and editor and lives in Leiden, the Netherlands.

Selected by National Book Award winner Daniel Borzutzky for the 1913 Prize for First Books

“These are half stories from a fully experienced observer, peering out at the light that brings her the news. A prophetic and hilarious book.”
—Fanny Howe

“The narratives here are boundless; everywhere there is a body searching for home, a political exile, a climate refugee, a body that’s absorbed, a body that refuses to be absorbed, a body that refuses to disappear into history. I’m thrilled by the vibrancy of this debut, by the worlds it creates amid worlds that make us vanish.”
—Daniel Borzutzky

“This startling book revels in the translator’s gulf, nomadically moving through the clutter of the world, offering slippages and valences galore.”
—Shanna Compton

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