Magazine article World Literature Today

Bodies of Summer

Magazine article World Literature Today

Bodies of Summer

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Martin Felipe Castagnet. Bodies of Summer. Trans. Frances Riddle. Victoria, Texas. Dalkey Archive Press. 2017. 105 pages.

The central concept of Bodies of Summer is a good one: what if, after death, your consciousness uploaded to the Internet, where you could either float around with other disembodied souls or choose to "burn" yourself into a new body? The possibilities seem endless.

For the first third of Martin Felipe Castagnet's debut novel, the author delights in the prospects of a world where the afterlife has become a tangible reality. Of course, some people are killing themselves en masse, but of course others aren't. The ability to place your consciousness into a new body, a new sex, a new race is ripe for investigation, and Castagnet writes through those rabbit holes with deft, spare prose that borders on the laconic.

Ramiro has been dead for some time. He eventually uploads himself into a new body, that of a middle-aged woman, in the interest of confronting an old friend. …

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