Carlos LABBÉ

Locuela

Periférica, 2009

Translations

USA / Open Letter Books; Turkish / Notos Kitap

Press

"The characters in Locuela are solitary individuals who are reflected in all lev‐ els of the story. They try to separate the apparent from the real and discover the true existence of the others, because no one writes from a state of happi‐ ness.” José Promis, El Mercurio

Synopsis

(Peculiarity) Locuela is a detective novel that is forever interrupted by the arrival of the true mystery: in the wake of the silence that unites and separates a couple, Carlos and Elisa, in the wake of the game that isolates albino twins Alicia and Violeta from the best summer afternoons, in the wake of the fate of Neutria –a city that disappears with childhood and returns with desire– and in the wake of a Chilean literary movement that could be the latest avant-garde as well as being a great forgery, are the questions of who is writing to whom in a novel, the author or the reader. Can an intimate diary be a lover letter at the same time? Is it possible to rewrite Onetti if he rewrote Faulkner and, above all, how do you make a novel about desire and permanence without ending up writing about the mysteries of death?