- Publisher: Palapa Ediciones (Montevideo)
- Edition: 1st
- ISBN: 9789974916760
- Published: January 1, 2017
(Los años sin lágrimas)
No one speaks about an intolerable experience until they have to. We stop considering something as ineffable when there is no other choice than facing it.
Life takes unexpected turns, sometimes they are wonderful, sometimes they are dramatic. This moving and exciting autobiographical story takes us to a time in which adversity has apparently decided to stay for a while.
Both in a rigorous and rough manner, the author narrates a difficult journey in which undergoing an illness becomes an issue of her existence. Emotions are constantly varying between bewilderment and restoring joy. As in fiction, facts follow a surprising and uncontrollable rhythm.
Without any restriction, fear, weakness, strength, doubts and mistakes are unveiled. They invite to think as well as to understand processes which are complex and painful, but also full of learning and discoveries.
The strokes of humor as well as the honest and persistent optimism turn this motivating story into a true example of resilience which is only possible thanks to a profound love for life.
Years without Tears is a new possibility for the writings of the self: one which involves speaking about limit situations without giving up on writing. This means that neither identification nor complicity with the reader are aimed at. Instead, it seeks the recognition of the intelligence and the calm state of mind when narrating your own life, without putting details aside: as if the author were a reader herself who expresses her own feelings, both in a bright and humorous way.
Gabriela Fleiss has written a book that is impossible to classify. Years without Tears is presented as the memories of a difficult time and, at first sight, it gives the impression to be a cathartic exercise. However, Fleiss manages to get something more radical: the result certainly puts into question the complete literary system and its always narrow and obsolete categories. How should we read Years without Tears? As a book of memories, as an essay, as fiction, or as non-fiction? Does it really matter? Definitely no, it does not matter, since this book has the cardinal virtue of remembering an old lesson: art always wins.