(*’s China. Pronounced ‘cheena’: designation for female, from the Quechua. Iron: The English word for’s Fierro,reference to the gaucho MartÃ¬n Fierro, from JosÃ© HernÃ¡ndez’s epic poem.) A riotous romp taking the reader from the frontier culture of the pampas deep into indigenous territories. It charts the adventures of China Iron, MartÃ¬n Fierro’s abandoned wife, in her travels across the pampas in a wagon with her new-found friend and lover, Liz. While Liz provides China with a sentimental education and schools her in the nefarious ways of the British Empire, their eyes are opened to the wonders of Argentina’s richly diverse flora and fauna, cultures and languages, as well as to its struggles. After a clash with Colonel HernÃ¡ndez (the author who ‘stole’ MartÃ¬n Fierro’s poems) and a drunken orgy with gauchos, they eventually find refuge and a peaceful future in an utopian indigenous community.’s The narrative moves through the Argentinian landscape, charting the flora and fauna of the Pampas, Gaucho culture, Argentinian nation-building and British colonial projects.’s In a unique reformulation of history and literary tradition, Gabriela CabezÃ³n CÃ¡mara, with humour and sophistication, re-writes’s MartÃ¬n Fierro’s from a feminist, LGBT, postcolonial point of view. She creates a hilarious novel that is nevertheless incisive in its criticism of the way societies come into being, and the way they venerate mythical heroes.
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