Antes de perder la memoria: testimonio, amistad y epistolario



Parole chiave:

testimony; correspondence; friendship; militancy


This paper analyzes the book Antes de perder la memoria (2015), co-authored by Ana María Jiménez and Teresa Izquierdo. Both women were militants of Movimiento de Izquierda Revolucionaria (MIR) and experienced clandestinity, political imprisonment in Villa Grimaldi and Tres Álamos, the loss of comrades and friends, exile in France, and the subsequent return to Chile. The book relates all these milestones in the authors' lives and presents their testimonies in a new way, since it is written as an epistolary exchange between two friends, which emphasizes the shared experience and their point of view as militant women. Throughout the commemoration of 40 years of friendship and political commitment, Ana María and Teresa build a retrospective look that contains a strong gender perspective. In this article I will explore the following three issues: the epistolary nature of the testimony; the idea of friendship as a mode of affective exchange and reception, and the broad temporal framework of the text, which narrates the experience of fear during the 80s.

Biografia autore

Constanza Vergara, Universidad Alberto Hurtado

Constanza Vergara teaches in the Department of Language and Literature at Universidad Alberto Hurtado. She specializes in contemporary Latin American literature and the relationship between cinema and Literature. She has written about documentary and memory in Meridional and Anales de Literatura Chilena, as well as in the book Pasados Contemporáneos. acercamientos interdisciplinarios a los derechos humanos y las memorias en Perú y América Latina (2019). She co-edited the book Profundidad de Campo: Des/encuentros Cine-literatura en Latinoamérica (with Betina Keizman, 2016).




Come citare

Vergara, Constanza. 2021. «Antes De Perder La Memoria: Testimonio, Amistad Y Epistolario». Altre Modernità, marzo, 104-14.