Rutas argentinas


Rutas Argentinas
Carlos Bernatek
2000, Adriana Hidalgo
240 pages

IT’S NOT EXACTLY new, but Carlos Bernatek’s ironic exploration of identities that go beyond geographical boundaries is definitely worth taking a look at. Rutas argentinas won the Premio Planeta in 1998 and creates a fictional village on the Argentine plains, Danel, whose inhabitants spend much of their time dreaming of escape. The bleak landscape is distinguished by a strange human topography: the legless prostitute who pines for the beaches of the Brazil, the undertaker whose hobby is taxidermy… This is a very Argentine novel written in a colloquial that will be challenging for many readers, but is definitely worth persevering with. – EC