Casi nada que ponerte

Nothing To Wear | Los libros del lince, 2016

Casi nada que ponerte somehow manages to be, at one and the same time, a chronicle of Argentina as seen by a woman who both recognises herself in the country and does not, a road movie through the Pampas, the dramatized biography of a couple of geniuses who emerged from the swamp and ended up living in a palace made of marble (and all without hurting a soul!). And, it goes without saying, a story, a good story, pure and simple, one that brings a smile to the face from the first page to the last.

The novel is above all about the stories we tell ourselves about our lives, the various narratives of the self that become memories and, with the passing of the years, the only thing we can call our own. It does so through three characters: Mario and Roberto, a couple of visionaries who built a fashion empire in the Buenos Aires of the 70, 80s and 90s; and the author herself, Lucía Lijtmaer. She weaves her own story into that of the fashionistas, recounting her experiences as the daughter of Argentines raised in Barcelona, and shows, with a great deal of humour yet without flinching.