Six stories in which Cuba finds itself in some of its most controversial difficulties: a writer who travels to Paris and shares the drama of exile with other colleagues; a family that lives in an undefined place of the universe where masks observe; a black woman who waits facing the sea for a sea that departs, like a modern Penelope; a writer who discovers that long-awated posterity is too tortuous a path…
By rescuing Cortázar’s point of view toward exile, three young writers of the First Word and four transvestites meet up again in the Paris of the Nineties, with new traces and consequences of the trauma that European exile signifies for Latin Americans. A homage to the great Cortázar that is, at the same time, a re-evaluation of themes like banishment, cosmopolitan culture and death.
According to the words of the Cuban critic and writer Alberto Garrandés, this book “is very attractive over all as a representation of a certain world. And in spite of the fact that its linguistic style does not aspire to go beyond the approach of violent realism, which is nonetheless very controlled, the stories dovetail well, occasionally realizing the flavor of an episodic series, which creates, little by little, a way of seeing life’s terrible and educational events”.
A book of considerable literary maturity, marked by a narrative passion, a vigorous construction of characters, acid realism in transforming characters who cannot explain the failure of their lives, the pain, disgust, family discord and death, and with a rare lyricism that will capture the reader in every story.
The only book mentioned for the important David Prize awarded by the Union of Cuban Writers, this work is considered by critics as the first book of the young generation of writers that, from a critical perspective, reflects on essential problems in the development of Cuban youth such as political intolerance, the double morality, stagnation, false patriotism and bureaucracy, among other things.
Having won a prize with this book, at age 18, at one of the most important literary competitions for Cuban youth in this decade, Amir Valle entered the arena of national literature as one of the most promising writers of Cuban narrative, basically, according to the Cuban critic and writer Francisco López Sacha, by establishing himself as a “rarity” in national story-telling.