Mónica Ojeda, Mandíbula [Jaw], 2018, 288 p.
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A female adolescent, a fanatic of horror and of “creepypastas” (horror stories that circulate on the internet), wakes up handcuffed in a hut in the middle of the woods. Her kidnapper is no stranger to her, but her Language and Literature teacher, a young woman whom the girl and her friends have tormented for months in an elite high school run by the Opus Dei. But quickly the motives of this kidnapping will reveal themselves as a lot darker than the “bullying” of a teacher: a disturbing juvenile love, an inexpected betrayal, and some secret rites of initiation inspired by those viral and terrifying histories generated on the internet.
Mandíbula is a novel on fear and its relation with family, sexuality, and violence. Narrated with a prose full of lyrical flashes, disconcerting symbols and jumps in time, it takes up traits of a psychological thriller to develop the mental game that takes place between students and teachers, and to dig into the passional relationships between mothers and daughters, sisters and “best friends,” recreating a world of the feminine-monstrous that connects with the tradition of horror movies and literature.
Mónica Ojeda (Guayaquil, Ecuador, 1988), M.A. in Literary Creation and Theory and Critique of Culture, taught Literature at the Catholic University of Santiago de Guayaquil. She currently lives in Madrid where she prepares a PhD in Humanities on Latin American porno-erotic literature.
She published the novels Nefando (2016) which received a spectacular reception by the critics, and La desfiguración Silva [The Silva disfigurement] (Alba Narrativa prize 2014). In 2017 she published the story “Caninos” [Canines], and another of her stories appeared in the anthology Emergencias. Doce cuentos iberoamericanos [Emergencies: Twelve Ibero-American stories] (2013). With El ciclo de las piedras [The stone cycle], her first poetry collection, she won the national poetry prize Desembarco 2015. She is part of the prestigious list “Bogotá 39-2017”, that gathers the decade’s most talented and projected 39 Latin American writers below age 40.
SOURCE: Candaya (publisher)