Magazine article World Literature Today

One out of Two

Magazine article World Literature Today

One out of Two

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Daniel Sada. One Out of Two. Katherine Silver, tr. Minneapolis, Minnesota. Graywolf. 2015. 88 pages.

One Out of Two, by Daniel Sada, describes the lives of the Gamal twins, Constitución and Gloria. They live together, work together in their sewing business, eat together, bathe together, and even sleep together. Their lives are ruled by their very togetherness until Oscar Segura enters the scene. Now there is a distraction, an interruption of their very togetherness, a variation to their otherwise normal, boring lives. And although there has never been a competitive element between the middle-aged sisters, one now emerges. Will Oscar rend asunder the Gamal establishment? Will one of the two surrender herself to him and leave her alter ego to fend for herself as a singleton? Herein lies the enchantment of this novelette that dissects the experiences and combined existence of the twins.

What is truly interesting about Sada's rendering of the twin lives into a single entity is the way in which he unravels the union, then embroiders it back together. His insight into what makes a set of identical twins click is masterful. The separation and coming back together of the Gamals repeatedly throughout the story is engaging. …

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