( ONLINE La hija de la española ) Author Karina Sainz Borgo – ecogenlife.org
Tinely arrested and tortured supermarket shelves are empty the black market flourishes selling anything from medication to sanitary napkins and blackouts are a regular occurrence When thugs take over Adelaida s home she discovers her neighbor dead in the apartment next door If she can impersonate the neighbor she might be able to get out of the country using the dead woman s Spanish passportTold like this the novel sounds like a tense case of The Talented Mr Ripley but set in South America Be warned It s not really a thriller The book is too uiet and small for that and does not seem interested in turning into a suspense novel Full review It Would Be Night in Caracas is a moving and intensely gripping debut novel from critically acclaimed Latin American author Karina Sainz Borgo It simultaneously tells the story of a woman and a country both of whom are falling apart at the seams It s a genuinely challenging book to read because of this but it has an important and eerily compelling tale to tell all the same When it begins the times in which it is set flit around in a disorienting manner but this was almost certainly Borgo s intention in order to depict the chaos and discombobulation felt by both protagonist Adelaida and Venezuelans at the time of the economic collapse It should therefore be no surprise that it is an often uncomfortable and eminently painful narrative with a very engaging set of characters and a een sense of place Venezuela is depicted in the most beautiful of ways and conversely in the ugliestAt its heart though this is a deeply powerful and affecting political novel and although it has many important messages and morals within it is written in such a smooth flowing style that these heavy topics it explores somehow don t weigh the plot down in any way at all that is such a mighty impressive task and definitely no easy feat With lyrical prose vivid descriptions and an explosive climax this is a timely and devastating ode to a mother country in true turmoil I often don t agree when an emerging author is described as a literary master but this is actually rather accurate in this case I cannot wait to read what Borgo will produce in the future It s just unfortunate that it will take even longer before it is translated into English Hopefully it ll be worth the wait Many thanks to HarperVia for an ARC ANY political comments will be deleted I do NOT discuss politics or religious or social issues with strangers If you attempt to do so via a friend reuest you will be blocked and reported My opinions are my own and I do not engage in discussions over personal convictions and ethics Don t like it don t read it Promised That there would be no stealing that everything would be for the people that everyone would have the house of their dreams that nothing bad would happen ever again They never stopped promising Under the threat of nonfulfillment unanswered prayers crumbled beneath the weight of the resentment fueling them The Sons of the Revolution weren t responsible for anything that happened If the baker was empty the baker was to blame If there were shortages at the pharmacy even of a single box of contraceptives the pharmacist was to blame If we reached home exhausted and hungry and with only two eggs in our shopping bag the person who d bought the egg we needed was at fault We found ourselves wishing ill on the innocent and the executioner alike We were incapable of differentiating between them Adelaide and Santiago are two residents of Caracas that try to protect a home The young woman aided by Santiago what a beautiful name a persecuted friend of the family struggles to eep herself and her property safe from a curse that haunts the streets of the capital of Venezuela A curse created by a regime that firmly walks on the path of the Soviets suads of thugs that murder and plunder to teach the wealthy and privileged a lesson And what can you do What is your punishment for being a human being with education and values For refusing to accept that guns and violence are the answers Threats Rape Humiliation Death But there are some people like Adelaide People who refuse to yield to the mob They d taken everything from me even my right to scream That afternoon I wanted to have hooks for hands To ill everyone by just moving my arms like a mortal windmill This is a vicious world Power cuts dead bodies lying on the streets Thugs male and female invade your house They occupy it and turn it into their very own personal toilet Their shit is everywhere You are thrown out by the soldiers of the Revolution Now you need to invade another house to defend yourself to survive to show that the humanoid worms will not put you down The suads of murderers and a regime that does nothing except accumulating wealth and extinguishing the ones who aren t idiots to fall for their lies Product shortages black market controls targeted at women who are easier to yield chocolate and books confiscated everything we National Geographic Guide to Birding Hot Spots of the United States know I hope from the days of the Soviet past and their vision of democracy are laid bare for the readers The brave readers The library was deserted What the hell had they done with my books So many were gone Where had they taken Children of the Mire The Green House Family Airs Ask the Dust I only had to go to the bathroom to realize that entire sections of my Eugene Montejo and Vicente Gerbasi editions had been used to block the pipes What do those filthy beasts that occupy Adelaide s worldnow of Literature or Culture The only Art they are aware of is the one that serves their vile notions of a new world What do they Ellis Kackley the Best Damn Doctor in the West know of History What do Change and Justice have to do with violence murdering civilians women and children innocent students In Adelaide s life the victims are left wondering struggling to gather the broken pieces If they survive the armed mob Who s alive today Adelaida Since everything went to the dogs who s not dead As we seamlessly move back and forth in time the moments of Adelaida with her late mother relieve the tension even for a few blessed moments To say that the writing is beautiful and shocking would be a tremendous understatement This is one of the most memorable touching terrifying books I ve ever read I will never ever forget itThere are certain books that need no reviews or the conclusions that we as readers strive to reach There are certain books that speak for themselves that ask us to contemplate on the dangers of populism and the web of lies on blind violence and the poisonous words that aim to sweeten our troubled minds This is one of those books Being in the street at six in the evening was asking to cut your life short Anything couldill us a stray bullet a Here So Far Away kidnapping a robbery Blackouts lasted long hours and meant sunsets were followed by everlasting darkness Then I died once I was never able to rise again from all the deaths that accumulated in my life story that afternoon That day I became my only family The only final part of a life that nobody in that place would hesitate to cut short machete blow by machete blow By blood and fire like everything that happens in this city Many thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss for the ARC in exchange for an honest reviewMy reviews can also be found on. Ntry that has disintegrated into violence and anarchy where citizens are increasingly pitted against each other But as fate would have it Adelaida is given a gruesome choice that could secure her escapeFilled with riveting twists and turns and told in a powerful urgent voice It Would Be Night in Caracas is a chilling reminder of how uickly the world wenow can crumb.
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N honest opinion of the bookYou can also see this review wwwreadrantrockandrollcom Initially this book felt chaotic but I realized not too far in that the chaos was an essential part of the story Life in Venezuela as depicted here is unpredictable capricious and dangerous The narrative does take shape clearly as the novel progresses the structure loses its chaos though chaos in Venezuela continuesReading this book left me aware of how little I now even though I am someone who pays attention to the world and events around me The narrator who is an ordinary woman in so many ways rises to the challenges she faces She s not heroic but she solves problems I would find impossible I received an ARC of this book from HarperVia an imprint of HarperCollins at BEA 2019When I got this book I was instantly skeptical Anything published by a mainstream publisher in the US about Venezuela makes me skeptical When I saw the book from a relatively unknown author has been republished in TWENTY TWO LANGUAGES when it doesn t come out till OCTOBER in the US gave away exactly what this book is bourgeois propaganda designed to endear American audiences so they pressure their Representatives Senators and Presidential candidates to support a US military coup of the democratically elected left wing government of Venezuela I ll give Karina Sainz Gorgo props where it s due The book itself isn t poorly written She s got a solid voice The book is technically fiction but its very clearly based on her life She shows the fear of violence and the desperation of the people of Caracas who are indeed struggling and dying Caracas has routinely been one of the deadliest cities in the world for the last decade However who does this self identified White Venezuelan blame for the misfortunes that her middle class business owning family encounter The agents of the Bolivarian Revolution of course Now the chavistas have become notoriously corrupt weaponizing their positions of power within the state bureaucracy to harass people But this book is so blatantly one sided The US is not mentioned ONCE in this entire book despite the fact that food and medicine crisis in Venezuela is a direct result of crippling economic and political sanctions imposed by the US government and it s regional allies You now how this book really gives away that it s gusano propaganda There s a throwaway line where the main character talks to a White Chilean and asks who Augusto Pinochet iswas The White Chilean responds with a president Pinochet was a military dictator who overthrew a democratically elected socialist government in Chile in 1973 with the assistance of the CIA who then proceeded to mass arrest and execute anyone who was accused of undermining the peace ie social justice activists labor leaders and members of various left wing political parties and organizations It was illegal to criticize Pinochet and tens of thousands were sent to concentration camps for doing so The US meanwhile supported Pinochet with billions in military and economic aid because he privatized all of the country s resources and allowed American businesses to do whatever they wanted to the Chilean people The idea that to the author Pinochet an unelected military dictator is a president and Chavez and Maduro wereare commander presidents despite the fact they have won every election held since 1999 in UNCarter Center monitored election processes tells you all you need to now about what this book is and what it seeks to accomplish The author also has characters gush about how everything was amazing in Venezuela before the socialists took power Which is true if you like the author and her family were a part of the propertybusiness owning White middleupper class of Venezuela If you were a part of the overwhelmingly mestizo black and indigenous majority that put and eeps the socialists in power it was a terrible time a time when the White ruling class got away with violent labor abuse and An Allegheny Homecoming kept the nonwhite majority under their heels by denying nonwhite people the right to vote The moment the nonwhite people could vote the result of a several decade long agitation they sent the socialists into government and haveept doing so for the last two decades HarperVia says they published this book in an attempt to help publish international voices offering readers a chance to encounter other lives and other points of view via the language of the imagination I wonder if HarperVia would publish a book from an indigenous or black Venezuelan talking about building rural workers communes in the Venezuelan countryside struggling with fulfilling the radical promises of the Bolivarian Revolution in the face of US imperialism Or of a mestizo Venezuelan leading labor unrest against a gusano factory owner who is working with the CIA Somehow I doubt HarperVia would pre publish a no name author in 22 languages if that was the plot If you think I m being too political Most Eligible Sheriff (Sweetheart, Nevada know that the author herself notes in the beginning that she wrote this story because all stories about the ocean are political So interestingly she fully admits her story is political HarperVia and Sainz Borgonow what they are doing The uestion is will you fall for it Grieving over the recent loss of her mother Adelaida struggles to persevere amid revolution in Venezuela While alone and desperate she is forced to make a harrowing decision in order to ensure her own safety In my opinion this story can best be described as monotonous The blurb misled me to believe it would be a penetrating page turner but the story itself was underdeveloped It said there would be twists and turns but I couldn t find them Yes there was looting and raids Yes it was during the revolutionbut what about the story The only thing intriguing in the novel was the setting itself and what it entailed Venezuela during hyperinflation with the revolutionaries controlling imperative economical aspects The main character relies on this setting for intrigue But everything she did was droning and predictable it was the impact around her that provoked any sense of substance However even that began to become repetitious and anticipated The same thing seemed to happen again and againThis was a missed opportunity for a great story to grow and flourish The background was all there but the story wasn t I also wanted to note the organization of this book The flashbacks of the main character occur sporadically without pattern It was very difficult to get used to at the beginning because there was no page break tense change notation of time or anything to indicate that a flashback was occurring At moments it made it difficult to read the story fluently Then the story starts to use page breaks 30% in and I was relieved but only momentarily because it uickly stopped and reverted to sporadic flashback disruptions Some of the flashbacks told memories that were not relevant The flashbacks were my least favorite part of the book Thanks to NetGalley HarperCollins and Karina Sainz Borgo for this advanced copy in exchange for my honest review In Caracas Venezuela Adelaida Falc n has just buried her mother a process that is made even difficult by the explosive violence and scarcity gripping her country People are rou. Laida has ever nownNumb with grief Adelaida returns to the apartment they shared Outside the window that she tapes shut every night to prevent the tear gas raining down on protesters in the streets from seeping in When looters masuerading as revolutionaries take over her apartment Adelaida resists and is beaten up It is the beginning of a fight for survival in a cou.
Numb with grief after the death of her mother Adelaida Falcon returns to the apartment they shared just as looters masuerading as revolutionaries enter the building and violently take possession of her property This is a powerful life during wartime story told with gripping intensity that gives a very real depiction of the dangerous turbulence in modern day Caracas There are some clever twists as the novel gathers pace most of all at the end as Borgo sends her protagonist on into an unpredictable and unfashionable direction I received a galley at a BEA giveaway I normally don t write long reviews of a book but felt a bit compelled since I m seeing some factual inaccuracies in one of the other reviews here Borgo is tackling many difficult topics at a tumultuous time she is a Venezuelan writing about Venezuela So of course this will be controversial However this isn t a book about taking down socialism or blaming Chavez and Maduro for everything In fact the words Chavez or Maduro are never once used in this book Instead everything is sort of implied It s also not about wealthy Venezuelans or businesses The main character is a copy editor and her single mom was a teacher And her flashbacks to a pre Maduro Venezuela aren t all paradises and rainbows There s a chapter on piloneras afro indigenous women who used to make corn flour before the big industries came in and took their business away But there is something really powerful in the chapters where the protagonist thinks back to all the immigrants she met as a child There s an Italian shoemaker and her elementary school classmates She mentions how they came to Venezuela fleeing right wing dictatorships something she didn t understand as a id hence when another character calls Pinochet a president she gets confused and made an uneasy home in Caracas It s an unusual way to tell the story of immigration and one that feels particularly jarring Like one day we could also be the ones searching for a new home I understand that it s easy to dismiss this book as about Venezuela or anti ChavezMaduro but it really is so much than that I read this book as a portrait of humans dealing with loss The protagonists loses her mother at the beginning of the book and then her home and eventually her country and identity It s not a perfect book I m not sure if the plot twist is believable but it s nuanced complicated and dares to say something important about being human And that s always worth a read Literature from Venezuela now also available in English It Would Be Night in Caracas This is a book about defeat a study of resignation It declares Venezuela to be doomed a collapsed state in free fall where people dig up fresh bodies to rob the things the deceased might have been buried with where protesters are incarcerated in underground caves where they are viciously beaten and raped with guns where people die because hyper inflation makes it impossible to afford medication The country with the biggest oil reserves in the world has apparently turned into hell hole where citizens turn against their neighbors because surrounded by dire poverty and raging violence they feel like it s the only way to survive It is a sad fact that in the West the situation in Venezuela is hardly covered in the news From time to time we get little bits and pieces but as there is no continuous coverage it s hard to really imagine let alone understand what s going on under Maduro s authoritarian regime And that s one of the hard lessons of this book I feel like I can t possibly judge how closely this fictional account mirrors reality but as the author Karina Sainz Borgo shares many of her protagonist s traits in her thirties worked in journalism fled her home country I believe that there is a lot of truth in this harrowing story The book is written from the perspective of Adelaida a young woman who loses her mother because she was unable to get proper medical treatment as the story progresses we learn that this is not the only beloved person she and her friends have lost due to political turmoil When Adelaida s flat is occupied by a group of woman who cooperates with the government and can thus not be evicted she takes over the apartment of her dead neighbors and starts to plan her flight While waiting for her chance to get out she meets her best friend s dissident brother and learns about the former neighbors immigrants who came from Spain when Venezuela still offered to fulfill the dream of a better lifeThis novel breathes a particular ind of sadness It s a form of grief about the loss of a home and whole culture that goes down in brutal violence Adelaida has abandoned all hope for her country and while she wants to save herself she has no idea what to do with her life once she gets out It s not about getting somewhere it s about the choice between leaving or dying This is a very important story to tell about the experience of a refugee and I wish it was told effectively To get the point across it would have been inappropriate to employ melodramatic language or to turn this into some form of adventure novel but why does the language have to be so bland The book has a serious problem with pacing it never really acuires speed and does not become immersive Some passages are evocative and well constructed but overall the book does not find a rhythm that encompasses the narrative as a wholeStill I am glad that this debut novel was already published in 22 countries because we need to hear voices telling the stories of countries the most influential part of the literary world and the world as whole tends to forget Whatever the shortcomings of the book there are some scenes the reader won t forget It Would Be Night in Caracas is a story about a woman named Adelaida who struggles living in Venezuela during turbulent times of uprising and violence She s just experienced a death in the family and as time moves forward she eventually loses her home It s a nightmare and now she has no choice but to make a difficult decision for her survivalThis book is harrowing and frightening at times it s not for the faint of heart I thought in my mind repeatedly throughout the story who could live like this It made me cringe at times and I came so close to uitting With that said I thought the book was written well for the most part I just wasn t captivated by the story It s timely and political but didn t grab my interest There was also something that niggled me like how the flashbacks and present weren t matching up well which made the story confusing for me a few timesDespite all the misfortune that was happening in the story the book didn t evoke any feeling or emotion in me when it came to the characters I was naturally angry at times with the violence but there wasn t any emotional attachment for meI m glad I was able to finish the book because the ending was satisfying I m not going to say I enjoyed it because it s simply not that ind of book but I m still glad to have read it I m sure there are plenty of other people who would like this book and appreciate its literary value I ll likely read works by Karina Sainz Borgo in the future3I d like to thank the author and publisher for offering this book in a giveaway This is my ow. Told with gripping intensity It Would be Night in Caracas chronicles one woman’s desperate battle to survive amid the dangerous sometimes deadly turbulence of modern Venezuela and the lengths she must go to secure her futureIn Caracas Venezuela Adelaida Falcon stands over an open grave Alone except for harried undertakers she buries her mother–the only family Ade.
Venezuelan journalist and writer based in Madrid Spain Her first novel It would be night in Caracas was translated into 26 languages