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New Book: "La Partera": Magical Realism Rooted In Folklore #543816
07/31/20 04:50 AM
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E.P Yorke educator Melissa Bradley came together with a socially distanced group of supporters at the Image Factory this morning to discuss her new book, La Partera.

It's a tale rooted in tradition and Magical Realism and this morning Bradley told Cherisse Halsall where she believes the book fits in Belize's fledgling literary canon.

Melissa Bradley - Author, La Partera

"La Partera is folklore, it's a story that has its setting in a Hispanic community and it looks at culture, the richness of culture and how people are influenced and also changes that eventually affect them and cause them to stand up for themselves as a community. My first influence for writing this book is actually my mom who used to tell us a lot of folklore stories when we were little and so I always wanted to continue that tradition with my children but we know in the modern times it's not really a thing."

And rather than give up on the stories and the valuable lessons that she'd received from oral tradition, Bradley decided to commit them to paper. There are traditions that are evident in the book's namesake and lead character: a midwife, a figure who in the past held the strength of a community in her hands.

Melissa Bradley

"The main character one of the main character's is the midwife herself and she is a very strong character, she's manipulative and she's all about control, controlling people and having things her way having things go her way but she's interrupted in her experience when a male from the story got educated and he started to reveal truths to his people and so this kind of threw her off her way of thinking and doing things because she was not used to this type of resistance."

La Partera's characters were brought to life in vivid detail by artist Nisa Sanchez. The book is her first foray into illustration, and this morning she shared the process behind two of its most striking images.

Nisa Sanchez - Artist/ Illustrator

"La Partera the midwife she's stirring she's brewing up this concoction to try and draw out some sort of evil spirit so, I'm not trying to spoil the book right, but that illustration I don't know it hit me because I wanted to make her seem so evil like she's making this sort of mix with animal and plant mixture just to draw out something scary, that's why you see a lot of with the colour scheme you see a lot of green to it because those kinds of colours they just, it's supposed to scare you."

While other images strike you:

Nisa Sanchez

"For that illustration what I did I looked into, I had a little bit of inspiration from stories of La Xtabai and from La Sucia which comes from. Hispanic folklore into it, stories that my own mom would tell me, my dad would tell me so for that specific illustration I looked into La Xtbai and La Sucia and I tried to make it but I wanted to make it seem as if she was going into that realm and just going into something else and that's what the reader can expect from the pages of La Patera, passage, however brief, into another world. Still, author Melissa Bradley says that what you encounter there is more than translatable."

Melissa Bradley

"Although it might seem to be supernatural, there is a lot of context that we can look at literally from the information given here. Our students, our children are not reading as much as they should and so I said what better way to do or to encourage them than to have them experience the past in the present and so I introduced La Partera, a creative tale of community activism and strength so that students realize that they as individuals can make a difference wherever they are."

The book is being sold for only $20BZ. Those wishing to order and purchase a copy can call 629-9411.

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Re: New Book: "La Partera": Magical Realism Rooted In Folklore [Re: Marty] #543817
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