New this week is The Femicide Machine by Sergio González Rodríguez, journalist and novelist, author of Bones in the Desert, the most definitive research on a series of crimes still unsolved to this day - the murders of hundreds (thousands?) of women and girls in Juárez, Mexico. You might remember González Rodríguez from his cameo in 2666, Roberto Bolano’s bestselling novel about these female homicides (Ciudad Juárez is fictionalized as a city called Santa Teresa in the novel).
Written especially for Semiotext(e) Intervention series, The Femicide Machine synthesizes González Rodríguez’s documentation of the Juárez crimes, his analysis of the unique urban conditions in which they take place, and a discussion of the terror techniques of narco-warfare that have spread to both sides of the border. The result is a gripping polemic. The Femicide Machine probes the anarchic confluence of global capital with corrupt national politics and displaced, transient labor, and introduces the work of one of Mexico’s most eminent writers to American readers.
Speaking of Semiotext(e)'s Intervention series, look forward to the upcoming release (April 2012) of Preliminary Materials for a Theory of the Young-Girl, the English translation of an important Tiqqun text by the great Ariana Reines.