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Right away I was pulled into the story and struck by how unique it felt, this is the first time I've read De Robertis and I was immediately captivated. Flaca (La Pilota), Romina, La Venus (because she is La Venus to me and never Anita), Paz, and Malena.

It is forbidden to copy anything for publication elsewhere without written permission from the copyright holder. To hell with the dangers, I don’t even care if they kill me for it, I will have lived along the way”. Carolina De Robertis deserves the highest of fives for creating this beautifully written, devastating and unforgettable novel! To, co mnie najbardziej w "Cantoras" zachwyca, to fakt, że jest powieścią o walce i oporze pozbawioną oczywistej w tej sytuacji publicystyki, a skupiającą się na emocjach. Cantoras, which is the Spanish word for female singers and old timey slang for Lesbians, is a telling of five women who discover each other the way women do, by a glance, certain body language, or via a few choice remarks.

Then again, it follows that young working-class women of that era would have had little access to the world outside Uruguay, so that even a few months in Buenos Aires seems like an epic parting. Cantoras is a stunning lullaby to revolution — and each woman in this novel sings it with deep ferocity. In particular, the youngest of the group, Paz, really stuck out to me and I think I would definitely say that she was my favourite character in the book. They adopt the term “cantoras” – translated as singers – and away from the blinding city lights of Montevideo, they discover how to laugh, flirt, dream, share secrets, and most of all, to sing. Carefully crafted and expertly observed, each sentence is an elegant gift…a stunning novel about queer love, womanhood, and personal and political revolution.

It tells a story, about women in a grim time, that one feels couldn’t have been told until Carolina De Robertis came along. Beyond all else, the book is an ode to the enduring power of loving strongly and without boundaries. A gripping, lush, and ultimately hopeful story of five queer women fighting for their lives under a dictatorship. Five queer women trying to live their lives under a dictatorship that would punish them for who they are if they were ever found out. I was also chilled by the parallel to our current times, how quickly we acquiesce and normalize the absurd, how willingly we allow the shaming and silencing of disparate voices, how fear pervades and compels us to sacrifice our fundamental freedoms.She describes Montevideo during the junta as a place where curiosity dies, “a place to shrink into yourself and mind your own business. Carolina De Robertis is the author of Perla and The Invisible Mountain, which was an international bestseller translated into fifteen languages, the recipient of Italy’s Rhegium Julii Prize, and a Best Book of 2009 according to the San Francisco Chronicle, O, The Oprah Magazine, and BookList. With the calming flow of De Robertis’s voice, the listening experience was like hearing a friend reminiscing the past, a past which I shared from reading the evocative writing last month. It also shows how the deep bonds of friendship, queer relationships and hidden LGBTQ spaces have survived and thrived throughout many years of brutal dictatorship to the restoration of democracy and personal freedom in Uruguay.

There begins an epic tale of intense friendships that span nearly 40 years through fiery loves and tragedy, intricate layers of character portrayals that wrung out every one of my emotions as they played out in such a natural way that it felt like the stories of real women.I’m left with an ache in my chest that, given the choice, I would choose again just to experience the beauty of this novel.

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