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Transmigration of Bodies
Transmigration of Bodies | Yuri Herrera
38 posts | 28 read | 95 to read
A plague has brought death to the city. Two feuding crime families with blood on their hands need our hard-boiled hero, The Redeemer, to broker peace. Both his instincts and the vacant streets warn him to stay indoors, but The Redeemer ventures out into the city s underbelly to arrange for the exchange of the bodies they hold hostage. Yuri Herrera s novel is a response to the violence of contemporary Mexico. With echoes of Romeo and Juliet, Roberto Bolano and Raymond Chandler, "The Transmigration of Bodies" is a noirish tragedy and a tribute to those bodies loved, sanctified, lusted after, and defiled that violent crime has touched "
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executivespooky
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She wouldn't get up, so she's in the picture. #nowreading

Lauram 😻 7mo
booklahoma She's so cute! And doing just what she wants 😺😻 7mo
executivespooky @booklahoma always does, she's a spoiled brat, but I'd die for her. 7mo
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sarahjane1077
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Part of my haul from Bluestockings Bookstore in New York❤️

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Occy
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Mehso-so
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zezeki
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This is the the third Herrera's book I'm reading (they all came packed in one) and I'm really loving his style, straightforward and honest but also very fluent and captivating.

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haileybean
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Something I just said out loud that would probably get me weird looks. Context: putting away a book on my shelf. "Where did I put the Transmigration of Bodies?" ?‍♀️

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MatthewBurris
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Vacation book #2

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BooksForYears
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Rounding out Cinco de Mayo with a coffee, tres leches cake, and noir thriller by fantastic, Mexican author Yuri Herrera.

batsy I love the colours in this pic 💜 3y
Jaimelire Yum 3y
Marchpane Everything about this photo is incredible 🖤💙💜 3y
DebinHawaii Great picture and it all looks delicious! 😀👍 3y
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leslieisreading
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The top two are recent reads (both terrific), and the bottom two are from my TBR. #mexicanauthors (or of Mexican heritage in most cases, I believe Yuri Herrera is the only one who lives in Mexico and writes in Spanish)
#maybookflowers

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haileybean
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Pickpick

Guys, I finished a book. In what seems like forever (maybe a week or so...) I finished a book. Also, the way it ends I need to know if there is going to be another one? It's sort of cliff-hangery but more open ended than a cliffhanger.

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haileybean
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"A smile that said I'll always love you but my promises are in the pawnshop." There's a lot of sneaky little lines in here that I am just loving.

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haileybean
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I've been having an incredibly weird reading month. I start books only to put them down and start a different one. I'm hoping that since this is a shorter novel I'll finish it.

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Zoe_reads_books
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The weather in Ohio is amazing this weekend, which means reading and drinking wine on my porch!

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Faibka
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Love how the author plays with words and phrases mixing up all sorts of colloquialisms. @Lola this would be a translators nightmare! I forgot my kindle where I have the English version so I'll have to wait till I get home and look to see what the translator came up with, especially for "ñañaras"! I had to laugh, haven't heard that one in a while

Lola I absolutely love hearing your point of view on this. I thought the English version was outstanding. Lyrical despite the fact that it was telling a violent tale, and different than anything I'd ever read. I can't wait to hear how it compares to the original Spanish. 3y
Lola How do you think it compared to 3y
Jae There's a really interesting Translator's note in the English edition of Signs Preceding the End of the World. 3y
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Faibka @Lola oh my, what a whirlwind of a book! Such a mixture of different vocabulary and neologisms just like in Signs and yet not one word seems out of place, all cleverly weaved and connected. I feel he's one of my favorite authors now, I love love creating writing!!! Still, I think I love Signs a little more story wise, because I really liked the metaphor of the hero's journey into the underworld and the prehispanic, mythical elements mixed with👇 3y
Faibka @Lola actual immigration issues, very clever! I've only started reading the English version but can already tell the translator did a great job, before reading her notes I was glad to see she left some words in the original language, like la Ñora which is Spanish is short for Señora (madam) as it is more of a specific title. Some untranslatable words she managed to convey the same meaning without using a close equivalent, pretty cool! 3y
Faibka @Lola @Jae I read the translators note and I am in awe of how involved translation work can be. I loved how conscientious she was with both the literal language and the meaning and intent behind the words, the colloquialisms and slang to not translate equivalents that would not suit the characters and yet would make sense. I've just started the English version but from her note and what I've read so far she's doing an outstanding job in my view 3y
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Faibka
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@Lola @BookishFeminist @Jae Finally got it! So excited!! 😄📚📚📚

BookishFeminist Exciting!! Can't wait to see what you think of it! 3y
Louise Love the mug! #mugsoflitsy (edited) 3y
Sarah83 Very cool mug. 😍 3y
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Sue This sounds amazing!! 3y
Lola I LOVE this!!!! 😍😍😍Enjoy!! 3y
Jae How I wish I could read his work in Spanish. Especially Signs Preceding the End of Time. 3y
[DELETED] 3323341091 such a good book! 3y
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BookishFeminist
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Pickpick

Beneath the stars in plague-ridden Mexico, two warring crime families risk death to exchange the bodies they hold hostage of the other's loved ones while everyone else remains indoors. Herrera paints a stark contrast to Romeo & Juliet w/this novella, adding elements of noir & a deep undercurrent of social commentary on Mexico's violence. But he also explores family, the meaning of love, & how far we'll go to protect it. It reads like poetry. 🌃🌵

courtney Ohh my husband and I bought this a few months ago and now I'm going to have to bump it up my TBR. Great review! 3y
Cinfhen Beautiful review💜 3y
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Andrewboylan So high on my must read list! 3y
vivastory Great review of a wonderful book. 3y
Jae Reading this at the moment. I can't believe how gripping it is, yet at the same time the language is so lyrical. The setting, the invasion of the city by a plague of disease carrying mosquitoes, creates such tension. 3y
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BookishFeminist
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More excellent philosophical quotes from Yuri Herrera. Silence is powerful. 💜💜💜

AliBG Okay but also how did you get those stickers on that picture? And make them colorful? 3y
BookishFeminist @AliBG Pic Collage! 😊 3y
TheLondonBookworm Beautiful! 3y
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BookishFeminist
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Love this quote. 🌙✨✨

Herrera's writing reads like gritty poetry.

Eheartkilla How'd you get the quotation marks and moon and stars on there? That was a cool effect (: 3y
BookishFeminist @Eheartkilla the quotation marks are a sticker in the next Litsy update! The moon & stars are stickers in the Pic Collage app :) 3y
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Lola I just love his books. And the translations are outstanding. @Faibka 3y
BookishFeminist @Lola Me too! I love the noir tone of them. It's really a stellar job with the translating and how the translator manages to keep many of the plays on words. 😀 3y
Lola @BookishFeminist That is what I find so amazing! There's a great note from the translator in 3y
BookBabe 😊👍🏻 3y
shawnmooney 💖💖 3y
Notafraidofwords I'm sold ! 3y
BookishFeminist @Notafraidofwords The plot is a tad disjointed but you would love this writing!! Not much to lose either since it's only 100 pages. 😀 3y
Faibka @Lola Got the English version on the Kindle! Looks like the Spanish one is not available :( On my way to B&N to see if they have it in print! 😊 3y
Jae Just about to start this one myself. V. Excited! 3y
BookishFeminist @Jae I'm really enjoying it!! Nearly done. It's a quick read. 3y
BookishFeminist @Lola Yes, I remember that note! What great books. I hope he writes more for her to translate. 😍 3y
BookishFeminist @Faibka I'd be really interested to hear what you think if you track down the Spanish version!! I wish I could read it in the original Spanish. Maybe on day. 3y
Faibka @BookishFeminist I've ordered the original in Spanish through B&N :) I have so much respect for translators! 3y
LionHeartLeo This post just made me put this book on my "To Read List" :) 3y
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BookishFeminist
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Saturday afternoon plans: editing, current read, and COFFEE. 📝📘☕️

I'm loving The Transmigration of Bodies. It takes place during a mysterious plague and has a very noir-like tone. It's supposed to have echoes of Romeo & Juliet & commentary on the violence currently happening in Mexico. 🌆🌵

#diversebooks #translatedbooks #latinxbooks #Mexico #booksnbucks

vivastory I loved this book. Looking forward to reading his other. 3y
BookishFeminist @vivastory That ones good too! I read it last year. I'm liking this one better actually though I've heard for a lot of folks think the opposite. 3y
Rex Sounds interesting! 3y
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Zoe_reads_books Just bought this! I'm excited to finally get to read it! 3y
read_diverse_books This one's been on my TBR for a while. Looking forward to your review, 3y
whatthelog I adored this! 3y
MrBook Nice! 😎👌🏻🙌🏻 3y
[DELETED] 3323341091 glad you are enjoying it! 3y
Chachic #bookandcoffee is always a good combo! 📚☕ 3y
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Qemorio
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Mehso-so

I enjoyed this noir style tale of a hit man pulled into a body exchange set in a world ravished by the effect of a major epidemic. At times I felt like this story was a bit disjointed, I'm not sure if that is due to writing quality or translation. Overall it was a quick enjoyable read.

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Lola
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So many great lines in this book! "The nouveau always have the lowdown on each other's riche." The fact that this is a work in translation makes these gems even more remarkable. Don't even get me started on the fantastic character names, ala the Redeemer on this page. (My favorite might be the Unruly).

Faibka How great! Now I'm curious to read the phrase and names in the original language. Hats off to translators! I realize I still owe you that read and comparison on Herrera's other book 😓 I'm such a scatter brain..The use of language was so crucial I am curious to see what the translator came up with. 3y
Lola @Faibka I would love hear your opinion if you get to read both the Spanish and the English versions of his books. No pressure but let me know when you get around to them 😉 3y
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Lola
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My library didn't have this one so I requested that they purchase it via the library's website. They did and I was the first checkout. I tried to renew it today and I couldn't because two people now have it on hold. I've never been so happy to be unable to renew a library book 😊I'm going to read it tonight so I can return it tomorrow and get it to the next person in line. #LitsyLibraryLove

MrBook 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3y
Faibka Awesome!!! How was it? 3y
Lola @Faibka I'm halfway through and it's excellent so far. 3y
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Qemorio
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Starting a new book tonight. Also, I need to clean my nightstand.

Seekingtardis For a min I thought your hair band was a drawn circle on the picture and I was so confused as to what you wanted us to see! 😂😂 3y
BookishFeminist Ah @Seekingtardis I can't unsee that now! 😆 3y
Qemorio Lol @Seekingtardis I didn't even notice that. Sorry. 3y
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Snakes6atx
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My #fridayreads - looking forward to a weekend of reading after a long week of work!

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Chelsea
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I'm currently on a Yuri Herrera kick. #currentlyreading

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Improperlycookedblowfish
Pickpick

Absolutely loved this book. Herrera can packs a lot into 100 pages but it does not feel overwhelming. It's brutal and gritty but human at its very core. Can't praise this book enough! Yuri Herrera has yet to disappoint. Can't wait to read more. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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theshrinkette
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It's #Recommendsday!

Noir-esque speculative fiction and a work of translation. This tiny book will keep you entertained.

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outis
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Pickpick

Herrera works some ergonomic words in his unique voice to create a gritty underworld where you always feel like you're on the edge(s) of something. And even if that doesn't interest you, do you really think you can resist a novella filled with characters with names like the Redeemer, the Neeyanderthal, Dolphin and the Unruly?? I didn't think so.

courtney My husband and I bought this a few weeks ago. I'm excited to pick it up! 3y
outis @courtney I thought it as a pretty cool reading experience & hope you like it, too! 3y
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outis
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"...people, all people, are like dark stars....""

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outis
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First page of the first chapter and I'm already loving it.

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outis
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Up next. I loved Signs Preceding the End of the World, so I have high hopes for this one.

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rjwheaton
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Just 20 pages in -- already as compelling as Signs Preceding the End of the World, but very different

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Amanda
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Ugh why is this man such a genius though

joe_hill I *just* bought SIGNS PRECEDING THE END OF THE WORLD. 3y
Amanda @joe_hill IT IS THE BEST, BETTER THAN ALL THE REST 3y
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Pete
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Book store haul with @courtney

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