The adventures of a dirty mixed-race
The main character, an attractive mixed-race lady who studied architecture and graduated from the school of life by committing a murder, serving jail and prostituting herself, is “an educated gossip woman that mixes jest and poetry” who would like to become “a classy lady, working in the field of art”, and become rich and travel the world. Her self-expression comes with outbursts of vulgarity, erudite quotes and tells about herself through an inextricable knot suspended between past and present, in a tangle of flashbacks. She doesn’t hesitate to take risks to enjoy life and moves on, surrounded by a chorus of characters, in a degraded Cuba where it is difficult to put lunch and dinner together.
A novel of wild fiction, dotted with half-serious literary disquisitions and homages to Lovecraft, in which the author quotes himself and speaks about himself. A captivating story, thatcharms you and makes you cringe. Fernando Velázquez Medina’s dirty realism may be annoying, but imprints itself in your mind and bowels.