The translation and publication of Cristina Rivera Garza’s Los muertos indóciles: Necroescritura y desapropiación (2013) as The Restless Dead: Necrowriting & Disappropriation (2020), in the newly established Critical Mexican Studies series by Vanderbilt University Press, is a key text for understanding the recent surge in interest in this writer and thinker. Rivera Garza is already a hallowed figure in Mexican literature and culture, and an acknowledged master of innovative fiction. Her unique blend of poetic prose, expansive engagement with theoretical ideas from a diversity of thought traditions across time and space, and incisive inquiry into the ethics and esthetics of writing appears here as a brilliant book of new ideas and a tenacious grappling with contemporary realities. Rivera Garza’s essayistic writing is dense and engaging, compelling in its urgency, and enjoyable in its nimble prose. Robin Meyers, a poet and translator uniquely positioned to translate Rivera...

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