Ischia, Praga & Bruselas


Ischia, Praga & Bruselas
Gisela Heffes
2005, Viterbo
512 pages

ABOUNDING with monologue and introspection, this novel is full of twists and turns. As it promises on the back cover, it does reveal its protagonists’ fears and fantasies, but it does so in a convoluted manner that leaves it lacking in several essential areas. The plot is not easily perceived as one gains the impression that this book is simply the author’s attempt to play a game with the reader – in the way other famous Argentinian authors are so well known for. Only in Heffes’ narrative, the game itself, and the rules of engagement, are not so clear. – EG