The animal cannot be separated from the human
Ecuadorian writer Natalia García Freire publishes her second novel, 'Trajiste contigo el viento,' also inspired by the hypnotic Andean universe
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In 2019, Natalia García Freire published her first novel, Nuestra piel muerta (in English published under the title This World Does Not Belong to Us), selected as one of the best books of the year by the New York Times.
Three years later, Garcia surprises readers with Trajiste contigo el viento, her second novel, also inspired by the hypnotic Andean universe, published in early 2022 by La Navaja Suiza.
The story takes place in the imaginary territory of Cocuán, a name inspired by the generic brand of clonazepam in Ecuador ("Coquan"), a drug prescribed to her to solve sleep problems.
In Cocuán, a lost and forgotten village, between the jungle and the cold of the Andean mountains, Mildred, one of the nine characters in the book, was born, and was also stripped of her animals, her house and her land after the death of her mother. Years later, a series of strange events, disappearances, episodes of madness and ravings will make its inhabitants remember the legend of old Mildred and once again feel the shadow of death that has haunted the town ever since.
The voices of nine characters — Mildred, Ezequiel, Agustina, Manzi, Carmen, Victor, Baltasar, Hermosina and Filatelio, tell readers about the past and present of a doomed place and the miracle of Godmother on Earth.
In the novel, the reader becomes one more inhabitant of Cocuán and is swept away by an overflowing language that blurs the boundaries between dreams and reality.
Cocuán, as the critic José de Montfort writes in The Objective, is also inspired by two other fictional territories — Twin Peaks and Comala — which the author considers foundational, "because they allow us to see complex situations (the wound of the territory, miscegenation, racism, the fight for land, evil) that we could not understand if we did not enter that other dimension of imaginary space," explained the author to The Objective. These are two territories "in which not only the living speak, in which the dead and the animal are not silent, the landscape cannot be separated from the human."