How to use a knife

Fernanda García Lao

SHORT STORIES. ENTROPÍA, 2013. 140 PAGES.

“I’ve slept with disgrace, but I don’t usually kiss and tell”. These are the words of one of Fernanda García Lao’s characters from a book that is full of finely tuned, unsettling humour. But this seems too sentimental or realistic a way to describe Lao; her writing is so twisted, so violent, and so uncomfortable that the reader stumbles through these tales, without knowing where they are being taken, without being provided with a path through space or time in pursuit of her creations, who move from one dead body to another and know how to use a knife...

"I’d step to one side to avoid the final thrust of her sweet voice

but I can’t, because it has already seduced me."

Diana Bellessi

 

"These stories are like notes for a future novel and yet

they don’t seem unfinished or tentative, rather the reverse:

the author is striving to avoid any hint of overwriting, from thence comes

the strange completeness of each text and the collection overall. 

Her ability to distort commonplaces and find unexpected

and valuable twists and scenes that might have seemed

dull or unmoveable cannot be emphasized enough.

This book is a delightful taste of a very original writer."

Alejandro Zambra


PUBLISHED BY: Spanish ENTROPÍA | Mexico UNIVERSIDAD AUTÓNOMA DEL ESTADO DE MÉXICO 

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