Omicunlé’s Maid

Rita Indiana Hernandez, Rita Indiana

NOVEL. PERIFÉRICA, 2015. 184 PAGES.

This stunning novel, which is sure to consolidate Rita Indiana's literary reputation, has so many different layers and fascinating twists that it defies summary. Any attempt to classify it is bound to end in failure. In fact, all its publishers feel they can do is enthusiastically urge you to read it. However, for those who prefer to know a little more, here are a few hints: the story begins in a flat belonging to the priestess and presidential advisor Esther Escudero, also known as Omicunlé since she underwent an Afro-Cuban right to make her the servant of the sea Goddess Yemayá. Her young maid, Alcide Figueroa, whom Esther has saved from a life of prostitution with the help of another key character; Eric Vitier, is about to embark upon a dizzying journey through the past, present and future. The Afro-Caribbean deities that live in the Caribbean, traditional and electronic music, sex in all of its forms (include sex changes), 17th century buccaneers and Goya's engravings all feature in this rich and mysterious tale of intrigue and desire. The labyrinthine plot and subplots are also profoundly political in nature, dealing with issues of public interest in ways far more interesting than the mediocre norm. Few fictions address contemporary art, or the pollution of the seas and oceans, to name just a couple of Indiana's subjects, so precisely and effectively. Nonetheless, she always steers clear of dogma and post-modern cynicism and sticks to what is pure and essential in life. Like we said at the beginning: it's just stunning.

PUBLISHED BY: Spanish PERIFÉRICA | English & OTHER STORIES | Germany WAGENBACH | Norway SOLUM FORLAG

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