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They Will Dream In the Garden
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They Will Dream In the Garden

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Author: Gabriela Damián Miravete
Publisher: Latin American Literature Today, 2018
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Book Type: Short Story
Genre: Science-Fiction / Fantasy
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Tiptree Award-winning Short Story, translated by Adrian Demopulos

Originally published in the May 2018 issues of Latin American Literature Today, this is a beautifully written and translated story which uses the future tense to imagine a Mexico in which femicides are already part of history. In a collective attempt by survivors to preserve memory and justice, traces of the minds of the women murdered are encapsulated in interactive holograms "living" in a beautiful garden.

The story looks at the economic, social, and racial dimensions of violence against Mexican women today, focusing on indigenous women, poverty, and unemployment, on repression of women's educational opportunities, and of women's ability to move about freely. The story hints at positive change as some women decide to fight back through collective action, mutual support, and self-defense, eventually shifting the public perception of gendered violence and improving the actions of the next generation.

By offering a possible look into the future, far from giving the sense of a closed chapter, the story itself is a device of memory preservation, a call to action, and a fine example of science fiction as a tool for feminist exploration and social change.


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