[EPUB] ✻ La mucama de Omicunlé By Rita Indiana – Wildlives.co
There s a lot happening in the 130 pages of Tentacle It flits through many narrative points of view and several points in time, which turn out to be linked in mysterious ways There are elements of the dystopian, magical, and queer, as well as artistic, environmental, colonialist, and political themes I appreciated all of these and thought the weird temporal structure of events was well executed The combination was original and potentially really powerful However the short length meant that every theme was galloped through at top speed, giving neither reader nor characters time to breathe The last novel I read, The Will to Battle, advanced its plot slowly and incrementally via extensive dialogue By contrast, there is hardly any dialogue in Tentacle at all it alternates between internal stream of consciousness and bald statement of events by omniscient third person Although both approaches have their benefits, the shift from one to the other between novels proved disconcerting I would have liked Tentacle to be longer, so that the intriguing characters and settings could be further developed There were snapshots of the Dominican Republic in the past and future, which were evocative yet curtailed The ending inevitably felt abrupt and somewhat arbitrary view spoiler I was rather disappointed with it, in fact Acilde opts out of any effort to save the ocean in favour of personal comfort as Giorgio, while the fate of Argenis remains ambiguous hide spoiler Es digno de estudio c mo el fandom es capaz de prestar tanta atenci n a libros que apenas se ven en tres librer as mientras pasa por alto otros como ste, entre la ciencia ficci n y la fantas a, publicados por editoriales que llegan a todas pero cuyos servicios de prensa y redes client de colaboradores no abarcan su terreno Una vez m s hemos perdido la oportunidad de otorgar nuestro reconocimiento a una obra vibrante que, sin rubor, a na la diversidad de aquel cyberpunk expuesto en Mirrorshades que las convenciones ya no reconocen como cyberpunk , el mejor realismo m gico caribe o y un relato comprometido con la realidad de un pa s y su tiempo En menos de 200 p ginas.No me atrevo a desglosar todo lo que Rita Indiana incluye en La mucama de Omicunl , que es mucho hurtar a el encanto de descubrir c mo hace carburar tantos elementos tan heterog neos De hecho lo que m s me ha fascinado es c mo en las primeras cincuenta p ginas parece que va a ir por una senda para, a cada cambio de cap tulo, introducir un giro que funciona a pesar de darse de hostias con las convenciones y cualquier tipo de mesura La sucesi n termina siendo vertiginosa, todav a no tengo claro si bien cerrada y, de manera puntual, estridente para este lector de provincias Sin embargo no le resta el menor atractivo a un libro que derrocha ambici n, energ a y exotismo. Esta Apabullante Novela, Que Supone La Consagraci N De Rita Indiana Como Narradora, Tiene Tantas Capas De Lectura Y Tantos Giros Fascinantes Que Rehuye Toda S Ntesis, Todo Encorsetamiento Es M S, S Lo Cabe Una Invitaci N Entusiasta A La Lectura Por Parte De Los EditoresAunque Para Los Que Prefieran Algunas Claves, He Aqu Un Resumen La Historia Arranca En El Apartamento De La Santera Y Asesora Del Presidente Dominicano Esther Escudero, Llamada Tambi N Omicunl Desde Que, En Un Rito Afrocubano, Se Convirtiese En Servidora De La Diosa Del Mar Yemay Su Joven Mucama, Alcide Figueroa, A La Que Esther Ha Apartado De La Prostituci N Gracias A La Colaboraci N De Otro Personaje Fundamental, Eric Vitier, Est A Punto De Vivir Una Historia De Pasados, Presentes Y Futuros Vertiginosa Y, Por Momentos, Aparentemente Imposible M S All Del RelatoLas Deidades Afroantillanas Que Habitan El Mar Caribe, La M Sica Tradicional Y La M Sica Electr Nica, El Sexo En Todas Sus Formas Incluso El Cambio De Sexo , Los Bucaneros Del Siglo XVII O Los Grabados De Goya Son Otros De Los Cimientos Sobre Los Que Se Alza Este Texto Lleno De Intrigas Y Deseos, Lleno De Aristas Y De Falsas Certezas Lleno Tambi N De Tramas Y Subtramas De Esos Intereses Pol Ticos, Es Decir, P Blicos, Que Suelen Pasar Por Muchas Novelas Del Presente De Un Modo Inane Pocas Ficciones Hay Que Nos Hablen Del Arte Contempor Neo Con Tanta Precisi N Como La Mucama De Omicunl , Pocas Tambi N Que Nos Hablen As Sobre La Contaminaci N De Los Mares Y Oc Anos Por Citar Dos De Los Asuntos Que Indiana Aborda Aqu Pero En Todo Momento Con Una Sutileza Que Rehuye El Adoctrinamiento O El Cinismo Posmodernos Para Nunca Alejarse De Lo Que Es Simple Y Puramente Necesidad Y VidaYa Lo Dec Amos Al Principio Apabullante Empec a leer a Rita Indiana con unas expectativas altas y no s lo las ha superado con creces es que no he le do nada igual Ojo, que no estoy exagerando ni un poquito Lo de Indiana en estas p ginas es un ejercicio de creatividad fascinante que ha hecho de m la persona m s pesada del mundo al pedir una y otra vez a mis compis de trabajo y amistades que lean este libro cuanto antes Me acerqu a la Mucama de Omicunl sin saber lo que me iba a encontrar pero el adjetivo apabullante , utilizado por Perif rica en la contraportada del libro, es totalmente exacto A partir de cuatro l neas narrativas separadas en el tiempo que, por supuesto, terminan confluyendo, Rita Indiana habla sobre pol tica, corrupci n, ecolog a, sexualidad y g nero, arte, tradici n, tecnolog a, m sica Con un dominio brillante de los personajes y las voces capas, conexiones y giros argumentales sin fin Estoy entusiasmada, se nota verdad Es una novela magn fica que pretendo releer con la tranquilidad de quien ya conoce lo bueno que tiene entre manos y eso que releer no entra en mis planes, con tanto libro pendiente Leedla Cuanto antes. Pueden leer una rese a de este libro en el siguiente enlace Estoy encandilado.Termin el libro hace media hora, m s o menos, y no dejo de darle vueltas metaf rica y literalmente, lo abro al azar, releo un fragmento, me paseo con l por la casa En una narraci n din mica, jodidamente entretenida, Rita Indiana Hern ndez consigue meter temas complejos y humanos sin sombra de artificios baratos El arte contempor neo, la destrucci n ambiental, la pol tica radical, la historia dictatorial de Rep blica Dominicana, puestos lado con lado con gadgets salidos de la ciencia ficci n y magia yoruba en el fondo de los arrecifes Todo envuelto en un ritmo de vor gine y la belleza elocuente de m ltiples lenguajes.En La mucama de Omicunl , Indiana de fe de un dominio del oficio ya demostrado en Nombres y animales y en Papi Sostiene el control de una narraci n dif cil con tanta fluidez que el lector nunca nota lo arriesgado de su haza a mantiene una narraci n en tres tiempos entremezclados sin mostrar el sudor Eso es disciplina Eso es trabajo Eso es literatura.Y sum ndole a todo lo anterior, ya admirable, ya digno de cari o infinito, nos queda al cerrar el libro esa dif cil pregunta sobre el destino colectivo y el derrotero individual, sobre los m rtires y el sacrificio y el ego smo y la elecci n Esto no es ensaladita light, arroz con habichuela y vianda es lo que hay , te canto con El gran combo, Indiana, y agradezco esta prosa con cada miligramo de alegr a y desconcierto.Volver a este libro pronto.La sorpresa del rostro no me la quita nadie. A bundle of modish ideas and themes blasted in a blender and spattered across 130 pages to resemble something vaguely novellish. Me encant , es una historia tan refrescante, simplemente sin palabras, soy fan de esta mujer Recomiendo se lean este libro, es una cosa loca. La Mucama de Omicunl Omikunle s Maid comes to us in the UK as Tentacle There s something about that new title that makes it sound scary than it actually is Then the blurb saysonly she the titular maidcan travel back in time and save the ocean and humanity from disaster But first she must become the man she always was with the help of a sacred anemone. When you read that description, you can understand why some reviewers here on Goodreads have called this Caribbean Murakami But Murakami fans should be warned because although several plot elements have a Murakami esque feel to them, there is explicit sex and sexual violence here than you would find in a novel from the Japanese author.The combination of new title and blurb makes you think you are launching into a sci fi fantasy novel, and I suppose there are elements of that But the book is than that It istechnology, Yoruba ritual, queer politics, poverty, sex, colonialism, and contemporary artOxford comma not mine.The maid in question is Acilde who begins the story in the home of Esther Escudero also known as Omicunl in a post apocalyptic Dominican Republic about 10 years from now The oceans are dead Acilde is saving money for a procedure that will allow her to become the man she always was as the blurb puts it But that transformation opens up than a simple change of gender The phrase the man she always was warns us that this isn t going to be a normal book I m not referring to anything about gender change, but to the mixing of past, present and future that is perhaps the most standout feature of the book.In parallel, Argenis is a struggling artist who gets the chance to join a creative programme led by Giorgio Menicucci Here, something very strange begins to happen to him, also related to mixing of past and present.Gradually, Acilde s and Argenis stories come together, both involving a strange form of time travel with different times overlaid in Argenis case, we see which is which because the novel s now is narrated in the past tense whereas Argensis time travelled self is narrated in the present tense this leads to tense changes in mid paragraph fairly frequently.It s difficult to write without including spoilers The book blurb makes it clear so this isn t a spoiler that Acilde s time travel relates to saving the oceans There is an interesting review here You can read this if you don t mind spoilers, but I won t say about the plot It is a disconcerting book to read The time travel aspects make for a very non linear narrative that often, as mentioned, switches in mid paragraph Add to that the huge list of characters where it can be difficult to keep track of who belongs where or when in fact, I would probably advise readers to keep some kind of cast list to track this.For me, it was interesting than it was gripping Perhaps if I knew about the Dominican Republic I would understand of the references and context.I m not sure about the new title. And Other Stories is a small UK publisher which publishes some of the best in contemporary writing, including many translations and aims to push people s reading limits and help them discover authors of adventurous and inspiring writing They are set up as a not for profit Community Interest Company and operate on a subscriber model with subscribers of which they now have around 1000 in 40 countries committing in advance to enable the publication of future books Famously and admirably, And Other Stories were the only publisher to respond to Kamilia Shamsie subsequent winner of the 2018 Women s Prize s 2016 challenge to only publish books by women in 2018.https www.theguardian.com books 201 Tentacle by Rita Indiana was first published in Spanish as La Mucama de Omicunl Omikunle s Maid , and has been translated into English by Achy Obejas.It is an unusual novel a mix as I saw it of Dominican politics past and present , time travel science fiction, future dystopian eco thriller, modern art tribute or satire I was not entirely clear and Yoruba influenced voodoo.The book starts in the future sometime in the mid 21st Century A populist Dominican President Said Bona, formed a left wing voodoo inspired totalitarian regime, allied with other states in a Bolivarian Alliance, but in 2024 a seaquake flushed some biological weapons he was hoarding for the Venezuelan government into the Caribbean, destroying the local marine environment and reaping havoc on the global marine ecosystem The main character of the book is Acidle who serves as a maid to Bona s spiritual advisor Esther or Omicunl Acidle s ambitions are initially fixated on finding her Italian father, training as an Italian chef and paying for a chemical sex change and she hatches a plan to steal an anemone that Esther keeps and uses one of the few remaining sea creatures However when that plan goes wrong her real destiny as Esther s chosen spiritual successor anointed to eliminate not the effects but, using time travel, the very origins of the catastrophe comes to fore.In what starts as the other main story trail which over time we realise is set in something like the present day, an artist Argenis is part of a part artistic commune, part ecological sanctuary being established by a couple Georgio and Linda, when he suddenly finds himself leading an apparent parallel past life as the sole survivor of a shipwreck now living with a motley crew of bucaneers on the Dominican coast a few hundred years earlier.Eventually we see how the two stories combine, the time travel elements come much to the fore as we work our way through the shifting characters and time zones Certainly this is a very different and interesting storyThe ending which at first confused me, seemed to me after a night s reflection to be a clever metaphor for the attitude of humanity to climate change and ecological disaster being unwilling to sacrifice present day personal comfort for future generations even in full knowledge of the likely consequences for the planet and those future generations of that decision.I had two reservations with the book Firstly, just as with Alia Trabucco Zeran The Remainder by the same publisher I think the book would have benefited from a translator s note, as well as a foreword afterword for the English reader less familiar with the political background Secondly, I was uncomfortable with the real fantasied sexual violence directed against women. I m beginning to realize how much metoo is changing the way I read There is a lot of sexual violence in this novel, treated in a pulp fiction y way that I wouldn t have been so uncomfortable with even a year ago Objectively I can say this is a unique story, where important themes weave through the novel in witty and imaginative ways Subjectively I can say I felt unhappy and maybe even a little threatened as I read It wasn t the feeling I wanted to feel, at the moment.