The Secret Body
The Secret Body
by MARIANA TORRES
A collection of hazy short stories that weave bewildering images, shadowy characters and natural elements to create poetical narratives about childhood's mysterious powers
Entering The Secret Body is taking a step into a dreamlike world, the midst of darkness, where each story is sustained as a dozily floating image. It is a fleeting universe, starring children out of the ordinary, often physically conditioned by some peculiarity but with an intelligence that allows them to become strong despite their adversity. There’s a boy growing a tree in his body after swallowing a seed, a girl with lumps in her bones, a group of sisters in a nightgown who, concentrating their energy in a circle, protect their little brother from a dark force coming for him. A hidden universe, sometimes underground, that beats under the apparent normality of adult life and manifests itself through creaking sounds, silences and scratches, and a very particular connection with plants and nature. A world where a girl bleeds from a cut of an autumn leave, where the moon and the birds point the way, and where flowers sprout from screaming mouths. A book with packed with a visual, cinematic substance and an extraordinary delicacy.
- Debut novel
- Published in 2015, 135 pages
- Spanish language
- Original title: El cuerpo secreto
- World Spanish: Páginas de Espuma, 2015
"Perturbing images with an unusual visual potential, reminding us at times of Tim Burton's imagery" —Luisgé Martín, EL PAÍS
“Torres writes allegories of pain and loss, and of learning from awfulness. Her stories subdue the reader with disquieting sparks” —Care Santos, EL CULTURAL
"A collection packed with striking images of great beauty, some quite synesthetic, others full of an imagination that leans toward surrealism" —CULTURAMAS
“A magnetic world and a unique, enthralling voice, beautifully estrangening reality” —EL CULTURAL
- Named by the Hay Festival in Bogotá as one of the 39 best Latin American authors under the age of 39
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mariana Torres has lived in roughly thirty homes, across more than ten cities. The daughter of Argentinian parents, Torres lived sporadically in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Angra dos Reis, where she was born, until her family moved to Spain when she was six years old.
Though she began writing at an early age, attending the Taller de Escritura de Madrid creative writing workshop in 2001 jump-started her career. She studied screenwriting at the Escuela de Cine de Madrid film school and then went on to direct the short film Rascacielos [Skyscrapers] (2009).