Snippet: Beatriz Rodríguez’ “When we were angels”


Beatriz Rodríguez, Cuando éramos ángeles [When we were angels], 2016.

Publisher’s summary:

Clara, a young journalist, lives in a small village with less than 1,000 inhabitants where she leads a quiet life. She’s the editor of the local online newspaper though she aspired to a lot more. She doesn’t relate to anybody with the exception of Chabela, the owner of the Las Rosas hostel where she eats and sleeps and tries to forget her husband’s recent death, drinking at night and running in the morning.

The emergence of Fran Borrego’s corpse, one of the owners of the lands around the village of Fuentegrande, will show her that behind the apparently quiet life there exists a society full of envy, intrigues and incomplete plots that come from a past that she doesn’t know anything about.

While Clara starts an investigation of the cacique‘s death, interviewing different people that could be involved in his assassination, the readers are let into a flashback set in the 1990s that shows the true story of each of them as well as the discovery, of this group of adolescents, of sex, love, wrath, friendship, deception and vengeance.

Publisher’s author information:

One of the most interesting voices and with the most promising future of the Spanish literary scene.

Beatriz Rodríquez was born in Sevilla in 1980. A Spanish philolgy graduate. She has worked as editor for Trama, La Fábrica and Grupo Anaya. She has contributed to magazines such as El rapto de Europa [The rape of Europe] or Trama y Texturas [Plot and textures] and scripts of documentaries such as La memoria de los cuentosLos últimos narradores orales [The stories’ memory. The last oral narrators.], de José Luis López Linares.

She has also contributed to literary and opinion sections, in publications of Grupo Andalucía Información, and recently in the anthology Watchwomen. Narradoras del siglo XXI. [Watchwomen. Female narrators of the 21st century]. Currently she is the director of Musa a las 9 publishing house and of the Madrid International Poetry Festival, POEMAD. In 2013 Rodríguez published her first novel, La vida real de Esperanza Silva [Esperanza Silva’s real life]. Cuando éramos ángeles is her second novel.

«A meticulous style, daring with language, that is looking for the less conformist reader. (…) Overflowing imagination that bring her to invent stories that are similar to legends, with a very rare subtlety», Care Santos, El Cultural.

SOURCE: Seix Barral (publisher, Grupo Planeta)


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