Luz del Fuego (Fire Light)
Luz del Fuego
The fascinating life and violent death of the Brazilian dancer, naturist, and feminist Luz del Fuego, a free woman ahead of her time.
Who was Luz del Fuego? Who was the woman who, in the middle of the Rio de Janeiro Carnival in 1952, entered the Municipal Theater and yelled “I’m not Brazil’s Girlfriend! I’m the Holster Girlfriend!”while pulling out two enormous guns and shooting at the ceiling? How did a dancer who wore a snake on her bodyend up founding a nudist colony on an island frequented by famous people? Why was she murdered in 1967, her body thrown into the ocean with rocks so it would remain submerged? This is the story of a character who seems to belong in the plot of an exotic movie or a cheap detective novel, but who existed in real life. Her name was Dora Vivacqua, and she chose the stage name Luz del Fuego. She was a dancer, naturist, and feminist, and above all, a free woman ahead of her time.
“Among so many ways of narrating, the way chosen by writer Javier Montes should not go by unnoticed. His proposals in the terrain of the novel and the essay have warranted praise, because of his unusual way of constructing stories, because he defies the logical fictional narrative, because of his convincing naturalness and intelligent irony.” (Pilar Castro, El Mundo)
Javier Montes (Madrid, 1976) won the Premio José María de Pereda with his first novel, Los penúltimos, which was followed by his next novel, Segunda parte. Along with Andrés Barba he won the Premio Anagrama de Ensayo for La ceremonia del porno. He also collaborated in the publication of After Henry James. In 2010, Granta included him among their selection of the best young authors writing in the Spanish language and his stories have appeared in collections like Puros cuentos (Letras Libres, 2008) and Life in Cities. An Anthology of European Contemporary Writers (Minumsa, Seoul, 2009). He regularly contributes to the publications ABC, El País, Letras Libres, Revista de Libros, Granta UK, Revista de Occidente, Letra Internacional and Arquitectura Viva. He has curated exhibitions like Beckett Films (CAAC, 2011) and was a professor of Art History at the Spanish College in Malabo (Equatorial Guinea). His novels have received excellent reviews: «Montes evokes a grandiose world, where he comments on the Statism of life beyond apparent change» (Michael Kerrigan, Times Literary Supplement).
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