Dead Girls (Chicas muertas)

Dead Girls (Chicas muertas)

Non -Fiction. | Literatura Random House, 2014 | 187 pages

Finalist, Rodolfo Walsh  Prize, Gijón Detective Week

 

“Three small-town teenage girls murdered in the 1980’s, three unpunished deaths that occurred before the word femicide was coined.”

Three murders among hundreds that do not make the front page or draw the cameras of the Buenos Aires TV channels. Three cases that come in in disorderly manner: they are announced on the radio, they are commemorated in a small-town paper, someone recalls them in a conversation. Three crimes that took in Argentina outside the great cities while the country was celebrating the return of democracy. Three deaths with no guilty parties.

Having become an obsession over the years, these cases give rise to an atypical, fruitless investigation. Selva Almada’s clean prose captures the invisible, and the everyday forms of violence against girls and women come to make up one intense, vivid plot. With this book the author blazes new trails in Latin American non-fiction.

A tense, precise, chronicle that treats seriously a still serious subject. El CulturalSpain

..She tracks silence as one of the cruelest forms of violence in small towns. MeGustaLeer Argentina

Chicas muertas is, besides being useful, literature in a state of grace. Luisgé Martín, Babelia, El País, España

The colloquial form of expression, the language of the people of the area where the stories unfold lives naturally side by side with a literary language of elegance and precision. Soledad Platero, El Pais, Uruguay

What seems fantastic quickly becomes hyperrealistic, a bit like the stories of Juan Rulfo or Sara Gallardo. Oliverio Coelho, La Nación, Argentina.

Almada reconstructs the experience of the people in the provinces with extreme precision, she discovers their rules and recreates their language by seeking out not only the sonority of their words but also the complexity of their meanings. Martín Lojo, ADN, Argentina.

Lots of her stories contain some of the charm that the family times after dinner have, when the elder sisters and parents start telling forbidden stories, tragic tales that happen at night, at the time when the devil goes out to recruit his people. Almada learnt from these tales, recorded those voices and now is the instrument through which those invisibles beings talk. That is not something that a workshop give, it’s a gift. Fabián Casas

Far from the detective story, this is an intimate tale, a certain negative of the autobiography of a young woman looking at other young women and how all of them are perceived by a society where misogyny and violence against them is still an everyday affair. Página 12

The ever latent tensión between the reality and the literature feeds this work which can be perceived as one of the greatest contributions to non-fiction in the recent past .Ideas de izquierda.org

Chicas muertas is also a novel about absences, which are deprived of forgiveness the moment these stories touched her. Radar Libros

Selva Almada builds a chronic of an unheard of power, that sheds light on the shadows of oblivion.  Página 12

Almada changes her narrative, she plunges into the hybrid waters of non fiction and she makes it once again! Vuelo Digital

Chicas muertas deserves an intense reading not only due to the superior quality of the literary text, but also because it invites one to reflect about femicide and the place of women in justice and society. Diario registrado

Almada has been able to consolidate herself as a non-fiction narrator who, with an intense and precise language, does research in the different tipes of violence against women. Revista Cabal

Published by: Spanish Penguin Random House/Francia Editions Métailié.  TV series rights sold