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Novel set in Venezuela (the survival instinct)

16th October 2019

It Would Be Night in Caracas by Karina Sainz Borgo – novel set in Venezuela, translated by Elizabeth Bryer.

Venezuela is disintegrating. The rule of law has long disappeared and nobody is safe. Tear gas rains down on the streets.

Adelaida Falcon has just buried her mother, and returns home alone to the Caracas apartment they shared. But it’s not long before looters, masquerading as revolutionaries, knock on Adelaida’s door and commandeer the property for their nefarious activities.

Adelaida dares to challenge their odious leader, La Mariscala, and pays a price:

‘I looked at the plates, the torn-out pages, the chubby fingers with no polish on the nails, the flip-flops, my mother’s blouse. I lifted my gaze, which she held, enjoying herself. My mouth still tasted of metal.

I spat at her.

She wiped her face, expressionless, and took hold of her pistol. The last thing I remembered was the sound of the butt as it struck my head.’

Adelaida survives, but is forced to do unimaginable things to sustain her life.

It Would Be Night in Caracas is a short book, written in Spanish by Karina Sainz Borgo and translated into English by Elizabeth Bryer. It’s published by HarperVia, an imprint dedicated to publishing international voices, ‘offering readers a chance to encounter other lives, and other points of view via the language of the imagination.’

Karina was born and raised in Caracas, where she began her life as a journalist. She emigrated to Spain 10 years ago, since when she has written non-fiction books and articles. This is her first work of fiction, although the parallels between the lives of author and character lend an air of autobiographical truth to this powerful and disturbing story.

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