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Gaby Brimmer
An Autobiography in Three Voices
Gaby Brimmer, Elena Poniatowska

HBI Series on Jewish Women

2009 • 232 pp. 6 x 9"
Biography / Disability Studies

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"This book is among pioneering works about disabled people, especially women with disabilities." Americana, E-Journal of American Studies in Hungar

The remarkable autobiography of Mexican-Jewish disability rights activist and writer Gabriela Brimmer

Gabriela Brimmer (1947–2000), born with cerebral palsy, communicated largely by typing with her left foot on an electric typewriter, and by using that foot to point at letters and numbers on an “alphabet board” at the base of her wheelchair. Raised by her mother, Sari, and Mexican caregiver Florencia Morales Sánchez, Gaby gained admission to Mexico City public schools, attended the prestigious National Autonomous University of Mexico, and became a key figure in launching Mexico’s disability rights movement. With the text structured by renowned writer Elena Poniatowska to alternate Gaby’s voice with those of her mother and Florencia, this volume is both the memoir of an extraordinary woman and a unique and imaginative form of autobiographical writing.

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“An extraordinary book about an extraordinary woman, Gaby Brimmer is a story of love and fortitude.”—Marjorie Agosín, Wellesley College

“Gaby Brimmer’s story is perhaps one of the most deeply human testimonials Elena Poniatowska has published. Moreover, it is a story that has been crucial to the disabled rights movement in Mexico. Trudy Balch’s excellent translation brings Gaby Brimmer to the fore again, and it is my hope that it will contribute to the nascent field of Latin American disability cultural studies.”—David William Foster, Regents' Professor of Spanish and Women and Gender Studies, Arizona State University

ELENA PONIATOWSKA is one of Mexico’s foremost writers. TRUDY BALCH, who translated the original volume from the Spanish, is a writer, editor, and Spanish- and Ladino-to-English translator. JUDITH E. HEUMANN and JORGE PINEDA are longtime disability-rights experts and activists; LAURI UMANSKY is professor of history at Suffolk University and co-editor of The New Disability History: American Perspectives; and historian AVITAL BLOCH is research professor and director of the Center for Social Research, University of Colima, Mexico.

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