Magazine article World Literature Today

Seeing Red

Magazine article World Literature Today

Seeing Red

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Lina Meruane. Seeing Red. Trans. Megan McDowell. Dallas, Texas. Deep Vellum. 2016. 157 pages.

Seeing Red, by Chilean writer Lina Meruane, is an exemplary autobiographical novel. At a party in New York City, the main character, Lina, suffers from a stroke, which causes the blood vessels behind her corneas to burst. According to her, this stroke was inevitable and doctors forewarned her of this fate. Her vision disappears behind what she describes as "black blood." Rather than panicking, Lina walks back out into the party she's attending, acting as normal as she can while threads of blood float across her eyes.

As the event comes to an end, she stumbles through the city with a friend and her partner, Ignacio. Losing her eyesight means relying on those around her with more intensity. So, she must rely on her lover, Ignacio, and her overbearing mother to care for her and lead her around. Their relationships are tested, and Lina goes back and forth between appreciating them and dreading her need for them. …

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