Adriano's women

Héctor Aguilar Camín

NOVEL. ALFAGUARA, 2001. 208 PAGES.

“I was a man of five women,” says the historian Justo Adriano Alemán to his young confidant, the narrator of this novel. His words open up an evocative world of secrets: Regina Grediaga, Carlota Besares, Ana Segovia, Maria Angelica Navarro, and Cecilia Miramón. It has been said that authors should not be judged only by their capacity to create great heroes or villains but also real flesh and blood heroines. One of Aguilar Camín’s great talents is his ability to construct admirable female characters. Adriano’s Women is several things at once: a novel of conflicting passions – his sixth – a dramatic poem, a breviary of love affairs, a school of memory, and a path for all five senses. It is an enduring story that is as elusive as water. For page after page the reader is desperate to find out more about this radical, rueful confession, confounding our most ingrained and traditional prejudices about love.

 

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