María Fernanda Ampuero, “Subasta”
María Fernanda Ampuero, “Subasta” ( Pelea de gallos : Páginas de Espuma, 2018) ¿Qué es? Una mujer recuerda la infancia que pasó en medio de peleas de gallos, recogiendo gallos destripados y buscando formas de evitar que los galleros la manosearan y la miraran con lujuria. Estos recuerdos le llegan mientras espera, con la cabeza metida dentro de un trapo, a que la subasten: el taxista la secuestró y la llevó a un sitio donde venden a las personas a otros que las robarán o las violarán. Al final, cuando el turno le toca a ella, se cubre en sus propios excrementos. Recuerda de las peleas de gallos que los galleros les tenían repulsión a los excrementos y las vísceras de los gallos, así que usa eso ahora para que no la compren. No la compran. ¿Qué me gusta? La narración y la historia. La narración es ágil, pasa de un lugar y de una preocupación a otra rápidamente. Caracteriza a ciertos personajes con un trazo o dos. Hace comentarios sociales sin detenerse en ellos, como cu
I really, really liked this tale. Man, that last part where the dog is out on the porch, hurt, is so moving. Very sad. Good tale.ReplyDelete
I'm absolutely not for treating animals poorly, so that part felt cruel. Blame Mr. Worcester, though. What did you make of the narrator?ReplyDelete
The guy that doesn't dare intervene? Gosh, probably someone like me, someone who wears leather even being against animal abuse... Although I would've stopped Mr. Worcester, though; there's something about live cruelty that doesn't admit delays.ReplyDelete
Oh, and "his" dog, that I have never bought.ReplyDelete
True, animal cruelty is terrible stuff. I still have dreadful flashes of a video I saw of how dogs are skinned alive in China to turn them into fur for the lining of coats and other clothing.ReplyDelete
I guess my question about the narrator goes along these lines: I know it's tempting, but what made you think it was a "guy" who didn't dare intervene? Check out, for instance, the couple of words in italics in the story.
A girl narrator! I had not thought of that possibility... that's really cool. Jeez, I should've noticed the oddity of the remark.ReplyDelete
So this woman left her husband for another woman who lived in the neighborhood?
Oh wow, the China dogs story is horrible. Fiction is a good to criticize animal cruelty (and everything else).
The interesting thing, I think, is why you chose the photo to accompany the story.ReplyDelete
Doesn't it look placid enough? One would not want to ruin the main part of the story with a more revealing picture at the start. Right?ReplyDelete
I think the reason you chose the photo is very revealing: it's a representation of setting. It would be a very different story if this was your front porch:ReplyDelete
You're absolutely right: the story would register differently with the porch you mentioned. But I must admit the picture was really an afterthought, chosen ex post facto and in a relative rush. It had to portray a placid suburb, and it couldn't show a dog (as to not ruin the main part of the story). That was the rationale.ReplyDelete
I came to see your new post and didn't find it :(ReplyDelete