The cousins (Las Primas)

The cousins (Las Primas)

Novel | Penguin Random House , 2008 | 192 pages

Nueva Novela Prize 2007 held by Página 12
Award Otras voces, otros Ámbitos, 2010

A novel relating the story of an initiation set in a confusing atmosphere during the forties in the city of La Plata, it unfolds the tortuous world of an obscure, non functional middle class family. Subjects such as suburb mythologies, the concept of family, female sexuality and social promotion through the practice of the fine arts are put on stage and scrutinized by the unmistakable voice of the narrator: Yuna, who stares wildly at the world she has to live in; a voice that can be candid and brutal, sharp and pensive at the same time, and which is written in a prose that defies and endangers all conventions on the use of language in literature. In the crossroads between a delirious autobiography and the rather shameless exercise of intimate ethnography, The Cousins is a unique novel, a piece of literature taken to the extreme, genuinely disconcerting. It corners the reader by calling into question all those things that books usually ignore or hide carefully, in silence.

A novel written with morbid genius. Enrique Vila Matas, El País

Unique, extreme novel, disconcertingly original…” Jury of the Prize New Novel awarded by Página 12, composed by Juan Ignacio Boldo, Juan Forn, Rodrigo Fresán, Alan Pauls, Sandra Russo, Guillermo Saccomanno y Juan Sasturain.

Half way between a delirious autobiography and a shameless exercise of initimate ethnography, Las primas is a unique, extreme  novel, of an incredible originality. Alan Pauls

Ferocious, full of sarcasm (…) with a torrential style, foreign to conventions… Magazine Qué leer

Brave, unheard of and memorable novel…El periódico de Cataluña.

Published by: Spanish worldwide Penguin  Random House/Perú Estruendomudo / France Robert Laffont/ Italy Salani.