By Laura Restrepo
During this remarkably nuanced novel, either a gripping detective tale and a passionate, devastating story of eros and madness in Colombia, across the world acclaimed writer Laura Restrepo delves into the minds of 4 characters. There's Agustina, a gorgeous lady from an upper-class relations who's stuck within the throes of insanity; her husband Aguilar, a guy passionately in love along with his spouse and made up our minds to rescue her from madness; Agustina's former lover Midas, a drug-trafficker and money-launderer; and Nicolás, Agustina's grandfather. during the mixture of those distinctive voices, Restrepo creates a searing portrait of a society battered through conflict and corruption, in addition to an intimate examine the day-by-day lives of individuals suffering to stick sane in an volatile truth.
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She’d instinctively crouched over her siblings, and when she stood and 23 C H A N G - R A E L E E looked back at the spot there was nothing but a burning half-chassis. She ordered her brother and sister to stay put and she ran there, in perfect silence, her heart feeling like it would burst out of her chest. The rest of the truck was in small pieces, its parts on the road and blown for dozens of meters on either side. The section in ﬂames lay at the rim of a blackened crater in the road that the explosion had dug two meters deep and many times as wide.
The blood poured out as if from a spigot and she squeezed the stump as she ran, but one hand wasn’t strong enough. She could not do it. So she halted and laid him on the ground, gripping 29 C H A N G - R A E L E E the stump again with two hands. The cars were slowly rolling past them, only a third of the train remaining. ” he murmured. ” He was losing consciousness, the color draining from his face. ” June nodded. ” She nodded again. “It’s okay. ” She let go his still-warm hand, kissed his still-warm face.
The wheels of the train squealed and it began to inch forward, as though the locomotive was now pushing off the rails whatever obstacle it had struck. Then the train stopped for a moment before moving again. The woman’s own children, who sat on top of the boxcar, yelled for her to get back on. But the woman couldn’t cinch the belt tightly enough, and Ji-Young was bleeding freely again. The train kept moving, a little faster now, and the woman’s children began to shriek for their mother, high panic in their wails.