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9788439732808

La dimensión desconocida / The Unknown Dimension

  • ISBN 13:

    9788439732808

  • ISBN 10:

    8439732805

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 10/20/2020
  • Publisher: Literatura Random House

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Summary

Las historias de La dimensión desconocida, dice la narradora, «siempre han estado pisándome los talones. Nací con ellas incorporadas en un álbum familiar que no elegí ni organicé».

Novela galardonada con el Premio Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz 2017.

En plena dictadura chilena, un angustiado hombre llega a las oficinas de una revista de oposición. Es un agente de la policía secreta. Quiero hablar, dice, y una periodista prende su grabadora para escuchar un testimonio que abrirá las puertas de una dimensión hasta entonces desconocida.

Siguiendo la hebra de esta escena real, Nona Fernández activa los mecanismos de la imaginación para acceder a aquellos rincones donde la memoria y los archivos no han podido llegar.
Confrontando su propia experiencia con los relatos del hombre que torturaba, la narradora entra en las vidas de los protagonistas de ese testimonio ominoso: la de un padre que es detenido en una micro mientras lleva a sus hijos al colegio y la de un niño que cambia de nombres y de vidas hasta ser testigo de una masacre, entre otras.

Nona Fernández construye un relato a partir de la mala conciencia de un personaje insondable, exponiendo e iluminando esa zona de locura y extravío que está mucho más cerca de lo que pensamos y que puede hacer de un ser humano una bestia. Una novela que cautiva, conmueve y remece.

ENGLISH DESCRIPTION

The stories in this book, “have always been nipping at my heels. I was born with them incorporated into a family album that I did not choose nor put together,” states the author.

 
Winner of the 2017 Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz Prize.
 
In the middle of the Chilean dictatorship, a distraught man goes into the offices of an opposition magazine. He's a secret police agent. I want to speak, he says, and a journalist turns on her tape recorder to listen to a testimony that will open the doors of an, until then, unknown dimension.
 
Following the thread of this real-life event, Nona Fernandez activates her imagination to access those corners where memory and investigative files have not been able to reach.
 
Having to confront her own experiences with that of the torturer, the narrator enters the lives of the protagonists of that menacing testimony: that of a father detained in a bus while taking his children to school, and that of a child who must continue to change his name and make up different life stories until one day he witnesses a massacre, among others.
 
Nona Fernández builds a story based on the bad conscience of an unfathomable character, exposing and shining a light to that area of madness and loss that is much closer than we think, and that can turn a human being into a beast. A novel that captivates, moves you, and shakes you.

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