Names and Animals

Rita Indiana Hernandez, Rita Indiana

NOVEL. PERIFÉRICA, 2014. 208 PAGES.

Exploding from a base of magical realism but feeding on absolute narrative freedom, the Dominican writer Rita Indiana has produced an incredible novel that builds in a compelling manner upon the achievements of her previous book, Papi (Periférica, 2011). Names and Animals is about a charming adolescent protagonist (who will immediately become an essential part of the lives of her readers) and a family as odd as it is familiar (you'll soon get what we mean). While her parents leave the Caribbean to visit the 1992 Universal Exhibition in Seville, she works at a veterinary clinic belonging to her uncle and aunt: a memorable couple drawn with the author's characteristic precision and humour. The book features wild stories, nameless animals, illegitimate children, mistreated Haitians, lovers from another time and, like all adolescent summers, sexual awakening. Armenia, Radamés, Vita, Guido, Cutty, Mandy, Uriel, Claudia... magic and amazement, mystery and desire, this is a new twist on the Latin American soap opera and the coming of age novel, a stunning feat written in a state of grace.

PUBLISHED BY: Spanish PERIFÉRICA | Italy NN EDITORE

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