ISBN 9780241350997 – Penguin – Penguin UK Paperback 112 pp – August 2019
Mario Orlando Hamlet Hardy Brenno Benedetti, known as Mario Benedetti, was a Uruguayan journalist, novelist, and poet. He is considered one of the most important 20th century Latin American writers, especially in the Spanish-speaking world. A revolutionary and a passionate romantic, Benedetti wrote of love, anger, political resistance and redemption, particularly during the period of his enforced exile from Uruguay, between 1973 and 1985. One of his last poems encapsulated his unquenchable creative urge- “When I’m buried / don’t forget to put a Biro in my coffin.”
A strange love triangle unravels in this masterly study of storytelling, deception and desire.
They met when they were teenagers. Quiet, poor, perhaps even a little dull, Miguel fell for languid Alicia during their long walks back from school. Then Lucas arrived and changed everything, entrancing Alicia with his confident bohemian charm. Miguel could not compete. But he stuck around and, against all the odds, was the one Alicia ended up marrying.
Now, eleven years later, their marriage has begun to fray, and Alicia sets out to see Lucas again. Yet gnawing at each member of the menage a trois is the knowledge that, somewhere along the line, something has gone badly awry.
In a final heady whirl of sex and obsession, treachery and blame, they all struggle to ascertain- who among them is to blame?