El trabajo de los ojos

The Work of the Eyes | Entropía, 2017

El trabajo de los ojos is a fragmentary book about the gaze, beautiful and unclassifiable. In an elegant, spare style, Mercedes Halfon describes how her vision problems created a certain way of approaching the world and in this way conditioned her writing.

In short scenes of distinct character––all of them deeply revealing––the author examines her own gaze, like an ophthalmologist of consciousness, in a delicate ocular autobiography. Her visits to the eye doctor intermingle with her childhood memories, family stories, viewed against the omnipresence of the eye and vision in world culture. A hauntingly beautiful text that pulls away from establishes genres and can be read as memoir, autofiction, or literary essay.

*Working in conjunction with Entropía Editorial