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Sònia Hernández

The Place of Waiting

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Acantilado

April 2019

176 pages

Narrative, Novel

Original Title: El lugar de la espera

“Born around the same time as we were, democracy and the Constitution told us that we all had the right to do whatever we liked. The whole society, conniving to protect our wishes and desires, was in agreement. We were going to be what we wanted to be, and they were constantly asking us what we wanted to be when we were grownup”. In this choral novel, narrated in first-person plural, the characters share something more than the voice that speaks in all their names: they live in a single symbolic space, that of a generation not yet lost but gone astray because of waiting for a sign that would indicate the decisive moment to do the job or make the decision that would give sense to their lives. Maturity has brought to these accidental emulators of Beckett’s burlesque characters an awareness that nobody is going to give them this sign, that nobody expects anything of them. If they have some opportunity to give purpose to their lives, perhaps it is to live them for themselves alone, in other words, simply act without an audience.

Praises

«One of the most personal voices of her generation».
La Vanguardia

«A fascinating story, brimming with sensitivity and throbbing with creativity, enigmas and doubts. It should not go unnoticed».
Pilar Castro, El Cultural

«El lugar de la espera is excellent. Sònia Hernández makes universal the perplexity of a generation that was promised it could be whatever it wanted. A work threaded through with a critical spirit».
Enrique Andrés Ruiz, El País – Babelia

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