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About the Author:

Gabriela Wiener (Lima, 1975) is author of the cronicas collections Sexografias, Nueve Lunas, Mozart, la iguana con priapismo y otras historias, and Llamada perdida. Her work also includes the poetry collection Ejercicios para el endurecimiento del espiritu. Her latest book is Dicen de mi (2017). She writes regularly for the newspapers El Pais (Spain) and La Republica (Peru). She also writes for several American and European magazines, such as Etiqueta Negra (Peru), Anfibia (Argentina), Corriere della Sera (Italy), XXI (France), and Virginia Quarterly Review (United States). In Madrid, she worked as editor of the Spanish edition of Marie Claire. She left the magazine in 2014 to work on her first novel.

About the Translators:

Lucy Greaves is a literary translator and bike mechanic who lives in Bristol, UK. She enjoys the poetry of bicycles and the mechanics of language equally.

Jennifer Adcock is a Mexican-born, Scotland-based poet and translator working in English and Spanish. Under the pen name `Juana Adcock,' her work has appeared in publications such as Words Without Borders, Asymptote, Magma Poetry, Shearsman, Structo, Gutter, and Glasgow Review of Books, and she has taken part in numerous literary festivals internationally. Her first poetry collection, Manca, explores the anatomy of violence in Mexico and was named by Reforma's distinguished critic Sergio Gonzalez Rodriguez as one of the best poetry books published in 2014. In 2016 she was named one of the `Ten New Voices from Europe' by Literature Across Frontiers. Her translations include Slim: Portrait of the World's Richest Man by Diego Osorno (forthcoming, Verso Books) and An Orphan World by Giuseppe Caputo in a co-translation with Sophie Hughes (forthcoming, Charco Press).

Reviews

"No other writer in the Spanish-speaking world is as fiercely independent and thoroughly irreverent as Gabriela Wiener. Constantly testing the limits of genre and gender, Wiener's work as a cronista (which roughly translates, but is by no means a direct synonym, of nonfiction writer) has bravely unveiled truths some may prefer remain concealed about a range of topics, from the daily life of polymorphous desire to the tiring labor of maternity." -- Cristina Rivera Garza, author of The Iliac Crest
"This collection of essays [opens] on the outskirts of Lima, jumps to a swinger's party in Barcelona, and next a squirt expert's apartment. This book can feel psychologically hazardous to read; it pushes you to answer the questions Wiener asks herself: Would I? Could I? Will I?" -- Angela Ledgerwood * Esquire, Best Books of 2018 *
"These are essays of unabashed honesty and uncommon freedom of mind, bravely reported and beautifully composed. I hadn't known how hungry I'd been for this book, how I'd needed it and wanted other books to be it. Sexographies is an antidote and a revelation, and Gabriela Wiener is a brilliant documenter of sex and life as they really are." -- Kristin Dombek, author of The Selfishness of Others
"In her native Peru, Gabriela Wiener has a reputation as a gonzo journalist who takes an active role in whatever subject she investigates, which as often as not involves sex, and not the vanilla variety. In this collection, her first translated into English, we meet a notorious polygamous pornographer; go to 6&9, a Barcelona sex club; interview the cruel Lady Monique de Nemours, a world-class dominatrix; visit Vanessa, a member of the European community of Latin American trans sex workers; get a first-hand look at the perils of threesomes; and explore other topics a tad too risque to even name in a family newspaper. Suffice to say, Wiener's free-wheeling style is hugely entertaining." -- Sarah Murdoch * Toronto Star *
"Reading Gabriela Wiener is a joy. Over the years, her work has made me cry, laugh, hurt, and most importantly, dream. Her essays are daring, intimate, and honest, containing the self-awareness of a poet and the sharp focus of a marksman. I'd follow her anywhere." -- Daniel Alarcon, author of At Night We Walk in Circles
"One of the most interesting writers of this generation is Gabriela Wiener, a Peruvian journalist best known for her high-spirited explorations of female sexuality.... Wiener is witty and fast-paced; many of her experiences, sexual and otherwise, are hard-won, territories explored and sometimes conquered, despite her neurotic misgivings, with courage and aplomb. Part of her appeal lies in the fact that she sometimes writes about sexual topics that have not been well explored, especially by women, and a sense of incredulity is part of the pleasure of reading her work. `Is she really going to do that?' the reader wonders. `Is she really going to write (and so openly) about doing that?' And then she does, and there's a slight but perceptible shift in the world because she did." -- Lisa Fetchko * Los Angeles Review of Books *
"With sizzling prose and journalistic attentiveness, Wiener honors the no-clothes rule. She exposes her readers to not only her body, but also to the neuroses, fears, and fantasies that come with it. True to the first-person style of gonzo journalism, each of Wiener's fifteen transgressive cronicas pull readers into penetrative commentaries on infidelity, abortion, and threesomes, not to mention the ever-elusory `Ninja Squirt.'... Sexographies strikes the delicate balance between carnal and curious.... It [expands] the meaning of what pleasure in life can be, sexual or otherwise." -- Madeline Day * The Paris Review *
"The most striking quality of Sexographies is Gabriela Wiener's fearlessness-her ability to broach any topic without the slightest flinch, however unfamiliar or achingly personal.... Wiener's essays do not deal solely in sex, as the title of the collection may suggest, but in the exploration of identity and gender. How are we to make sense of our own bodies and the bodies of others? Why is it that we-with the internet at our fingertips-supposedly know more than ever, yet often experience less and are less open to the experiences of others? Wiener urges us to ask these questions in order to uncover the artificial boundaries that have confined us to our own experiences. With a voice as unapologetic as it is searching, this gonzo journalist delivers her findings on a wide variety of topics, from egg donation to prison tattoos to BDSM. Nothing is off limits to Gabriela Wiener and she spares her readers no detail of her adventures. The result is Sexographies-an addictive and darkly funny collection that surprises at every turn." * The Arkansas International *
"What Peruvian essayist and "gonzo" journalist, Wiener, does in this collection is endlessly fascinating. Whether experiencing sexual subcultures or an ayahuasca trip, she uses herself as the point of departure to delve into the infinite manifestations of being human." -- Keaton, Best Non-Fiction Books of 2018 * Brazos Bookstore (Houston, TX) *
"Gabriela Wiener is a Peruvian sex writer, and Sexografias is a book of her collected essays. However, she doesn't just stay on the carnal, and uses her explorations of egg donation, swingers parties, cruising, and squirting as channels into meditations on motherhood, death, and immigration, all while staying sharp and funny and wild." -- Alejandra Olivia * Remezcla *

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