Words

Sofia Segovia

When: Thu., March 2, 6-8 p.m. 2017

SOFIA SEGOVIA of Monterrey, became a celebrated Mexican author with the publication of her novel, El Murmullo de las Abejas, (2015) by Lumen. That novel which spans decades of a fictional family’s life in Linares, in the state of Nuevo León, became a Spanish language best seller, according to VOGUE ESPAÑA, turned her into one of the most widely read novelists in all of Latin America and Spain, awarded the novel of the year by iTunes, and generally recognized as one of the most original and powerful voices of her generation. And most pertinent to San Antonio, she is a cornerstone of a newly born literary scene in Monterrey. Now Vintage has published her second novel, Huracán, which takes place in a very different territory, the island of Cozumel México. In Huracán Sofia sought to write from her own experience of living through a hurricane on Cozumel, and to use that experience to create a story about Mexico as a place of contrasts - good and bad-“ in particular with our neighbor in the north”. With her demonstrated ability to absorb regional voices Sofia describes contrasting characters such as “The Gringos”, Paul and Lora Dogan; the visitors from Monterrey, Marcela and Roberto Garza; as well as those from the rural towns near Cozumel such as Aniceto Mora, an outcast pig farmer, Manuel, the hotel janitor, and an Old Man from the sea. In certain manner, “the island, a place that can be both a paradise and an inferno, in a crisis a place difficult to escape, is another character in this story”, says Sofia. Huracán describes not only the actual occurrence of a climatic phenomenon, but also the emotional and physical conflicts that arise among the novel’s characters, whom struggle to survive the storm on Cozumel. That night, the night of the hurricane all of the various characters’ fears, rancor and wounds that have never healed, emerge.

Price: Free