Mother tongue (Lengua madre)

Mother tongue (Lengua madre)

Novel | Literatura Mondadori , 2010 | 231 pages

This novel was finalist of the International Novel Prize Rómulo Gallegos 2011


Subjects such as complex filial relationships, the world of women, the thoughts and feelings of the middle class, the years of the Dicatorship, women writers, migrations, real exile and interior exile, are focused upon from different angles and through the points of view of three generations in this novel, in which a young woman who lives in voluntary exile in Munich and is a researcher on Women’s Literature returns to a city in Patagonia, Argentina, to close down her mother’s home after her death. At her mother’s request she reads some letters left by her. These letters were not written by her but by other people who sent them to her and through which her daughter will be able to reconstruct, in a kind of backwards initiating journey, her mother’s and grandmother’s life as well as her own.

The ethic and literary structure of María Teresa Andruetto derives from her ability to weave discourses which are apparently not connected and provide them to the reader in a dialogue as powerful for its findings as for the silence that floats around the reader after each line. Leopoldo Brizuela

The most relevant and touching aspect in the subtle construction of Lengua madre are the tenses and the nuances that circulate through the texts. The author unites fragments with the craftsmanship of the poet and narrative dexterity in order to build a story that plunges into the irretrievability of what never took place. Diario Clarín

(…) what a writing! Smoothness and vibration, passion and lucidity, love for tradition and resistance. Leopoldo Brizuela

Published by: Spanish worldwide Literatura Mondadori/ Italy Bompiani