Thursday, March 29, 2018, 6:00pm to 7:00pm
RCC Seminar Room, 26 Trowbridge St., Cambridge MA
The first collection of 11 short stories by a Spanish writer caught between two worlds, Spain and the United States, using this tension to impart a new energy into Spanish short fiction. Woven through with humor, absurdity, and an examination of the mysteries of the heart, Mercedes Gutiérrez presents tales of life in the 20th and 21st century of the common man and women of both cultures.
“Los Males del Vegano” presents the difficulty of having a strictly vegan sex life. “Ilusionado” finds David, an American young man struggling with renting his deceased parents’ home to degenerates. “La Maldición”, set in a pueblo in 1940s Spain is a classic tale of superstition and revenge. “La Peluca Milagrosa” pits mother against son in a battle of wills over his hair (or lack of it). In “A decir verdad”, will Guy, suffering from a brain surgery that left him profoundly amnesiac, be able to conserve his identity? From stories of oil fracking in the Dakotas, to paradisiacal islands, gambling grannies in American casinos and 1960s nuns as pop artists, and more, Perro Verde presents strange and compelling images, scenes of despair but also hope that will resonate in your mind long after you finish the book.
Speaker: Mercedes Gutiérrez García, Ph.D. in American Literature from Complutense University of Madrid, Novelist.