The strange story of a little girl possesed by a disturbing being, maybe an imaginary one, maybe not. Ana carries on a silent battle against this Siamese sister, until the guest starts to manifest itself in her family in a devastating way. The events of a life, among them the family tragedies and her existance as an adult, are forged around this presence. This novel describes a long adieu to the world of sight and an encounter with the universe of the blinds, but also with the underground of Mexico City. The characters, including the city, unfold themselves in a confusion of reflections, moving between the superficial and the profound, but we never know the territory we are stepping into. These are people who do not find their place in the world, organising themselves in parallel groups that impose their own values and understand their own weird beauty. The author explores these universes guided by an intuition: in the aspects that we refuse to see in the world, or in ourselves, revealing the hidden guidelines that would help us to carry out our existance...
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Guadalupe Nettel was born in Mexico in 1973 and grew up between Mexico and France. She obtained a PhD in linguistics from the EHESS in Paris. She is the author of the international award winning novels El huésped (2006), The body Where I was Born (2011), After the Winter (2014, Herralde Novel Prize) and Still Born (2020, finalist for the 2023 International Booker Prize). She has also published three collections of short stories: Les jours fossils (2002), Pétalos y otras historias incómodas (2008), Natural Histories (2013, Ribera del Duero Prize) and Los divagantes (2023). In 2008 she was named by the Hay Festival as one of the more promising Latin American authors.
Her work has been translated into more than seventeen languages and has appeared in publications such as Granta, The White Review, El País, The New York Times in Spanish,La Repubblica and La Stampa, among many others. She currently lives in Mexico City where she’s the director of the magazine Revista de la Universidad de México.