Translated by Rebekah Smith. Afterword by María Negroni (Ugly Duckling Presse, paperback)
Publication Date: March 1, 2021
Publisher Marketing: Susana Thénon (1935–1991) is a key poet of the '60s generation in Argentina. In OVA COMPLETA, her final, most radical collection, Thénon's poetics expands to incorporate all it touches—classical and popular culture, lyrics to songs and vulgarities, incoherence and musicality—embodying humor and terror while writing obliquely of femicide, Argentina's last dictatorship, the Malvinas / Falklands war, the heritage of colonialism. Or, as Thénon writes, "me on earth; me with the others; me ignorant, rude, all mixed in Latin, Greek, shit, noodles, culture and barbarism..." OVA COMPLETA is a collection full of stylistic innovation, language play, dark humor, and socio-political insight, now available to English-language readers for the first time.
"A fragmented textual surface, a language all too common, a violent humor, and a voice multiple and heterogeneous."—Delfina Muschietti
"Experiments with language, with writing, with discursive genres, with situations and communicative actions or with pragmatic effects ... a bleak and acidic gaze on a world that 'enduring—until when?—it destroys itself' and that incessantly longs to see reconstruction rising up over destruction."—Ana María Barrenechea