Poso Wells (eBook)
de Gabriela Aleman
Sobre o livro
A noir, feminist eco-thriller, in which venally corrupt politicians and greedy land speculators finally get their just comeuppance!
In the squalid settlement of Poso Wells, women have been regularly disappearing but the authorities have shown little interest. When the leading presidential candidate comes to town, he and his entourage are electrocuted in a macabre, darkly hilarious accident witnessed by a throng of astonished spectators. The sole survivor—next in line for the presidency—inexplicably disappears from sight.
Gustavo Varas, a principled journalist, picks up the trail, which leads him into a violent, lawless underworld, and ultimately to a strange group of almost supernatural blind men. Bella Altamirano, a fearless local woman, is on her own crusade to pierce the settlement's code of silence, ignoring the death threats that result from her efforts. It turns out that the disappearance of the candidate and those of the women are intimately connected, and not just to a local crime wave, but to a multinational magnate's plan to plunder the country's ecologically sensitive cloud forest.
A political satire and noir thriller, laced with humor and a sci-fi twist,Poso Wells plunges its readers into dark passages where things are as uncontrolled and overheated as the lava from a smoking volcano, which is where the story ends.
Praise forPoso Wells:
"By expertly weaving multiple narratives around the figure of Vinueza, the hapless (but wealthy!) presidential candidate who resembles so many corrupt (but wealthy!) presidential candidates in the modern history of Ecuador, Gabriela Alemán depicts with verve and humor the horrors and absurdities of a society intent on perpetuating itself."—Mauro Javier Cardenas, author ofThe Revolutionaries Try Again
"Gabriela Alemán has a rhythm worth watching … she does something unexpected, things fly apart, she leaps into the void, and you think, 'there's no way she can pull this off'—but no, everything fits together, falls into place, flows, and the story goes on."—Pedro Mairal, author ofThe Missing Year of Juan Salvatierra
"Poso Wells is ironic, audacious, and fierce. But what is it, exactly? A satire? A scifi novel? A political detective yarn? Or the purest reality of contemporary Latin America. It's unclassifiable—as all great books are."—Samanta Shweblin, author ofFever Dream
"Through scalding wit and straight-faced parody this no-holds-barred absurdist adventure that seems more a movie than a book will have you laughing till you cry as the cruelty of its South American reality sinks in. Imagine a mix of Hunter S. Thompson and Gabriel García Márquez. A small masterpiece."—Michael Taussig, author ofBeauty and the Beast
"This compulsively readable book is Gabriela Alemán’s debut as a novelist in the English-language. Sparklingly original, full of dry wit, and deliciously suspenseful,Poso Wells could well earn Gabriela Alemán a cult following.”—Jon Lee Anderson, author ofChe Guevara: A Revolutionary Life,Guerrillas: Journeys in the Insurgent World, andThe Fall of Baghdad