Reicelda Oxilia presents her book “With judgment and without prejudice” – El Sol de Cuernavaca

The writer Reicelda Oxilia presented her book “With judgment and without prejudice” at the Museum of the City of Cuernavaca (Mucic), one of the most personal books where she captures various memories of her life, describing the historical sites that surrounded her since she was a child and the women who accompanied her physically with her books.

In this presentation, the author was accompanied by the writers Graciela Barabino and Oralba Castillowho provided their comments and analysis on the book. Also, the talented singer-songwriter Nino Oxilia, who kicked off the afternoon with a series of musical performances.

Reicelda recalled that in September 2005, she heard the phrase for the first time: “The story, with a capital H, has not yet been written, because it has to be written with the pen of a Woman”in voice of Carmen Torreswho was his philosophy teacher for more than seven years. In 2012, when Carmen died, that phrase stuck in her mind and she wanted to pay her a kind of tribute. A tribute, perhaps just between her teacher and her, to show her that he too had written something, even if he didn’t make it public.

“It took me many months to figure out what I wanted and could write about. I made several attempts that I threw away over and over again, until I decided to write about my life, but I didn’t know how to do it either. It was really difficult, because I didn’t Despite all my feminist development, I still harbored in me the false modesty in that attempt at the literary self, which continued to be for many, but mainly for many, irrelevant. Who would care to know something about my history, if Elena Garro herself said that I would never have written anything about his life. Why? Now we know why. To recognize ourselves, to build ourselves, not to start afresh in each generation and leave testimony to our past, without men continuing to shape us in their own way, but with our own words and our own feelings,” express Reicelda Oxilia.

The entire literary process began with the retelling of all his memories, in an interesting exercise of recovering his memory to capture it in this book.

Some of the places he mentions are the Ministry of Public Education where he grew up due to the work of his mother, Tlatelolco where he had a happy childhood but lived closely the movement of 68. The Colegio Máximo de San Pedro y San Pablo also reported his arrival in Europe at the age of 18.

Regarding the cover of the book, in which we see a painted self-portrait, Reicelda commented that he never imagined that those paintings he made many years ago on his small easel would serve to illustrate his books.

During his speech, Graciela Barabino highlighted that the first person narrative of this work is dynamic, entertaining and feminist. A true hymn to freedom, in addition, each chapter is marked with a famous phrase from a famous person, or from herself.

“Through its 263 pages, the author tells us unforgettable episodes that coined her forever from her childhood until she was 25 years old, that is, the text covers a quarter of a century of her existence. Thus, the voter together with her, travels through that longed for Mexico of the 60s, 70s and 80s. Its movie stars, witty politicians, beloved protagonists and endearing television programs such as Dr. iQ, Sube Pelayo, Sube, Chepina and his kitchen, the indelible Tío Gamboín, the ingenious Flintstones. ; the futuristic Jetsons; so many small screen entertainment series that marked our generation”commented Grace Barabino.

Oralba Castillo commented that this book tells the life of a woman from a feminist perspective, emphasizing that the author starts from the thesis that the history of humanity is not complete without the voice of women. They are the ones who keep the other story, the one that has been silenced by patriarchy.

“With erudition, Reicielda reminds us of the way in which, throughout history, the power of the female voice has been taken away and the need to recover it, just as she does in this novel. There are many themes that our writer approaches judiciously and without prejudice: family, studies, the history of Mexico and Europe, friends, happy and unhappy loves. Her critical voice does not stop denouncing sexual harassment, femicides, among others; in short, it is history of feminine strength. Each chapter gives us a thread that ends up weaving a shawl of many colors that covers those who read it”, said Oralba Castillo.

Finally, Reicelda thanked the public for accompanying her, as well as the authorities of the Cuernavaca Institute of Culture and the Mucic, for giving you the space to present this important book. She ushered in a question and answer session, where she generally received many congratulations and good comments from the attendees.

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