Helena is a journalist in her 50s—divorced, with a daughter from whom she is basically estranged—a winner of awards and well-known throughout the country for her investigative journalism, especially a report exposing the links between a far-Right political party, Ágora, of which her ex-husband is a founding member, and a violent, neo-Fascist skinhead group. Her larger-than-life father has just died, an event which serves a catalyst for Helena to recall the events of her own life up to the present—the early death of her mother, her relationship with a famous writer father, her leftwing student activism, the triad of her most significant lovers, including her husband, Miguel, and Manuel, a professor 20 years her senior and father of the daughter she decides to raise with Miguel. These impacts of fraught relationships come home to roost when Helena decides to interview Fernando, a man with ties to Ágora and serving jail time for conviction in the rape of his daughter, a crime of which he maintains he is innocent. Despite pressure from her editor and others to leave the story alone, Helena is drawn to Fernando’s claims . When Helena disappears, along with the taped interview and her notes on the case, disturbing parallels to her own life begin to surface through innuendo and insinuation, and then in a stark and disturbing first person account written by her adult daughter and published in the newspaper’s Sunday supplement.
A pleasant, painful and nostalgic novel, like a song by the Smiths. Inma López Silva is one of the great voices of the Galician letters. – Domingo Villar
An electrifying novel about the darkest hidden corners of the human soul. – Ignacio Martínez de Pisón
Inma López Silva was born in Santiago de Compostela (Galicia, in the north of Spain) in 1978. She started her literary career in 1996 with the novel Neve en abril (Galaxia). She writes in Galician and she has been awarded the most prestigious prizes in Galician literature. She has also translated French literature such as Albert Camus and Jean Genet into Galician. She is one of the most promising young writers in the Galician language.
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