Woman Hanging from a Rope. By Fe Orellana. Translated by Jessica Sequeira. ISBN: 978-0-915745-80-7. $12.95
6" x 9" Black & White on Cream paper 100 pages
Latino Fiction book, Latino literature book, Chilean Fiction in Translation book, Latino literature Chile social life book, Hispanic literature book
Beatriz, a journalist for a sensationalist newspaper, moves
through the passages and galleries of Santiago, Chile, seeking to discover the
mystery concealed by the homeless people, amputees and madmen who inhabit them.
There are no drugs, weapons or financial transactions in this case, unlike in
others she has investigated. None of her successful feature stories have what
this one does: networks of child trafficking, photographs that attempt to
emulate Araki and a company of actors with extreme ideas about art, which is
why she feels an uncontrollable attraction for her investigation that can only
be compared to the pleasure she experiences when practicing the ancient erotic
art of shibari. In perfect sync at every specific point on the plane, as in a
grid over a map of the city, pursuers and pursued observe and shift positions
like pieces on a chessboard over the streets of a dark metropolis. A rope ties
them together. The same one from which Beatriz hangs.
Woman Hanging from a Rope is the first novel by Fe Orellana,
in which he crosses the classic noir novel with the nightmare, paranoia and
absurdity of Santiago to represent the reality of the Latin American city.