Patricio Pron, Lo que está y no se usa nos fulminará [That which exists and is not used will fulminate us], 2018, 176 p.
Patricio Pron returns to the short story to give another lecture in sobriety, irony, originality and elegance. Lo que está y no se usa nos fulminará does what every book should do (but hardly ever achieves): take you to a place from where you would wish never to return.
Two writers agree to write the “autobiography” of the other, and a female reader becomes obsessed with both or with only one of them. A man draws up mentally his Tinder profile while a girl talks to him about death and the horrible secrets that things tell each other. The “great Chilean poet” destroys a hotel room in Germany and offers his conversation partner a lesson in life. A writer called “Patricio Pron” hires a bunch of actors to “act as Patricio Pron”, with the catastrophic results that could be expected.
The characters of Lo que está y no se usa nos fulminará have a glimpse at what a better life could be like, and its intensity dazzles them. Vulnerable, puzzled, ridiculous, wise, all of them return one time and another to the intuited possibilities of this vision, convinced that if they don’t take advantage of them they will be lost: what they find doing it is hazard, the writers’ lives as deforming mirrors, the chance to make a work of art of their life, the necessity to disappear, to leave it all behind to become one with literature.
Pron’s official website contains a link to the recent interview on RTVE’s Página 2 literary program (in Spanish).
Patricio Pron (Rosario, Argentina, 1975) has got a PhD from Göttingen University (Germany) and lives in Madrid, Spain.
His 2011 novel El espíritu de mis padres sigue subiendo en la lluvia is available in English as My Fathers’ Ghost Is Climbing in the Rain: A Novel (2014), in the translation by Mara Faye Lethem.
SOURCE: Literatura Random House (publisher)