CUSTODY OF THE EYES by Diamela Eltit
CUSTODY OF THE EYES by Diamela Eltit
Title Custody of the Eyes
Author(s)/Editor(s) Diamela Eltit
Publisher Sternberg Press
Pages 148
Dimensions 115 x 180 mm
Format Softcover
Year 2022

With a contribution by ANNA ZETT

Alienation and dire frustration mount as an unnamed woman—a mother—struggles to survive in the face of state repression, neighborhood surveillance, extreme weather, and familial control. Told through one side of an epistolary exchange, the novel’s letters are bookended by dense ramblings by the mother’s son, who struggles to speak and write and spends most of his days in lockdown rearranging his “vessels,” hysterically laughing, drooling, writhing, withdrawing—a state that will ultimately consume his mother as well. This is a story that explores how power is enacted on and through the body—the physical, the social, and the political. Custody of the Eyes (Los Vigilantes) reconfirms the essential, constitutive nature of language and expression in power and freedom.

Found in: Sternberg Press