Literary Category: contemporary fiction
Synopsis: Virtues and sins are interchangeable amongst each other and two-sided: nature unfolded from sin, its various faces of a polyhedron.
As if taken from a painting by Hieronymus Bosch, the character of this book is Arcangel, the young killer; Luis B. Campocé, the executive adulterer; Emma, the butcher; an incestuous couple; an executioner nicknamed The Widow; the Susanas, three indifferent or conceited sisters, and the arrogant Syrian prophet.
The disturbing and ambiguous idea of sin is embodied in each of them. El jardín de la delicias no longer hangs in the museum and has become more real than ever, inhabited by these characters in flesh and blood that whisper in our ears their particular relationship with evil. Until what point are they guilty? The moral challenge of condemning them will be bestowed to the reader, or, possibly, also their pardon.
With the strength and sensitivity that characterizes her literature, Laura Restrepo investigates the ethic complexity of transgression through an eerie and original narrative, with terrifying moments while at the same time sweetly human. Each sin brings with it its corresponding guilt, but also its drop of relief.