Review: Coincidences or Diosidencias?

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An epigraph by Albert Einstein by way of greeting prepares us for what we will find on the journey that the author, Andrea Saldaña Rivera, describes from her i subliminal. There are 22 short stories in 87 pages, written with a clear narrative, with an autobiographical tint, sprinkled with metaphors, the language is sometimes subversive, but always with the literary quality that characterizes it. With a pleasant voice, he reveals experiences capable of marking a life and keeps us hooked on the book until the end.

Diverse characters parade, from Pope John Paul II, María Marcos Cedillo, a grandmother and many others, even subjective, such as genetic chance, diseases and health risks. There are scenarios in several countries in which reflection is the main tool, dangerous terrains and peaceful Mexican beaches, topics for analysis where the gender perspective fairly addresses the inequalities of men and women who seek Equality, no more, no less. .

The book ¿COINCIDENCIAS OR DIOSIDENCIAS?, has an epigraph by Albert Einstein. By way of greeting, he prepares us for what we will find on the journey that Andrea describes from his i subliminal, from the coincidences and diosidences.

"There are two ways of seeing life, one is to believe that there are no miracles and the other is to believe that everything is a miracle.

Albert Einstein.

He gives us a book with 22 short stories in 87 pages, written with a clear narrative, with an autobiographical tint, sprinkled with metaphors, sometimes subversive and with the literary quality that characterizes it. With a pleasant voice, she reveals experiences that have marked her and keeps us hooked on the book until the end.

MSP María del Carmen Ochoa López de Ayech, MD.
MSP María del Carmen Ochoa López de Ayech, MD.

For the writer there is no other than to write, discuss, publish, live with the music of words in the soul and in the brain. Edmundo Valadez said that there are two ways to write a good story "the one that will produce a great impact on our imagination and will allow us to conceive the unlikely, the unexpected, and the other that touches our emotions, our heart, the most complete is the one that touches our imagination and our hearts”. It is the case of this book.

Some themes.

About María Marcos Cedillo (1910-1933), a pioneer in aviation and auto racing in the 1920s. It confronts the gender asymmetries that women pilots in the world still suffer from, revealing one of the widest gaps in the lack of labor equality despite their early incorporation.

Genetic chance is another issue. Paraphrasing the writer and philosopher Simone de Beauvoir says "You are not born a woman, you become one “. I accompany his reflections when he assures that there were/are men who want a first-born male, the condemnation of the macho imaginary is maintained. The phrases"not knowing how to make men", or the one that is considered worse “they only know how to do women” were/are the hidden or skin-deep fear that guides the reasons and unreasons of various attitudes. He recognizes that laws take time, that something more is needed to modify culture, “Equality" no more no less.

Andrea surprises us with that story where the cell phone carries a call for help that, however... was never dialed. It corresponded to a lady whose husband urgently needed attention that the protagonist provided, thanks to that mysterious communication. For both, the question remained unanswered: Coincidences or Diosidencias?

Is it ignorance that a newlywed humiliates his wife on their wedding night, knowing of her menstrual period? could be described as such, but in addition, Andrea leaves us some phrases with cultural elements that expand the possibilities of analysis. 

In his book I met and loved the word…Kambalaya, it means “I made a peaceful pact with time…neither does he persecute me…nor do I run away from him, but one day we will meet”. It is a Swahili word that he learned in Mombasa, Kenya, like Andrea, I find its broad meaning poetic, as well as the circumstances that he includes in the story.

 The history "One swallow does not make a summer”, is about female harassment and how it is minimized until the man who suffers it is ridiculed with lapidary masculine phrases: "don't be a fagot" "the girl is gorgeous", among other. I remembered the words of justification my father used to my mother, “a man cannot miss being a man”. It was understood that he should answer “like a whole man” to female harassment. Andrea recounts the adventures of the male protagonist, rescued by two women… from the harassment of a third.  

I see Andrea standing at the forefront of Public Health when I read “Its own desire is enough for each day”. She finds herself as a sparrow singing from her favorite branch. It is the story in which she invites women to look early for signs of cervical and/or breast cancer. Remember that scene from the movie The Godfather quoting the phrase "Keep your friends close, but your enemies even closer." Could it be that, I think, “… The better you know your enemies, the better you can fight them.”

"There is a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted.” is the quote from Ecclesiastes that Andrea uses to talk to us about the survival of health professionals. She refers to it thus:survival depends on social conditions, updating, personnel, understanding that the most valuable thing is self-care, preventive measures, early detection and gender training.” It emphasizes that heredity can be modified by the chemistry generated by lifestyle, even by Coincidences or God-identities?

With her words in the subversive epilogue where she recounts the struggle of women around the world, I remembered Svetlana Alexievich, Nobel Prize for Literature 2015, and her book “War does not have a woman's face.. It brings together the stories of women who were part of the Soviet (red) army during the Second World War. One million women served in the armed forces. They dominated all military specialties, even then the dilemma of the use of words in the feminine arose.

He contrasts the quote from Juan José González Tamayo Acosta, theologian, who, based on the reflection that religions throughout the world have never gotten along with women, mentions that “women have always been the big losers"Honestly, I don't think that God wanted that for the woman who gave him life, she ends with the phrase:"generalizing is always wrong” by Herman Keyserling, where sarcasm is so evident, alludes to the laws with the hope that they will impact culture, reality and “Equality”, nothing more nor less ends by reiterating such a premise.  

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