Queen Cocaine by Nuria Amat
A Novel

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Following the footsteps of a writer persecuted because of his ideas and tortured by his own frustrations, a young Catalan woman embarks on an adventure in the jungles of Colombia where her familiar world shatters and from which nothing emerges unharmed.

Confronted by solitude in a region where it rains incessantly, she discovers, first in her lover, then in the people around her, the alarming signs of a devastating war. In a narrative that swings between intimacy and horror, she bears witness to a hell in which she abandons everything except the language she has had to reinvent, as her only refuge, to speak about the thousand new faces death has shown her.

Nuria Amat was born in Barcelona, where she now lives.


About Nuria Amat

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Nuria Amat was born in Barcelona, where she now lives, after having lived in Colombia, Mexico, Berlin, Paris, and the USA. She regularly contributes to the Spanish press and her work is made up of novels, stories, and essays
Published March 1, 2005 by City Lights Publishers. 250 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A Marxist journalist on the lam, Wilson Cervantes and his Barcelonian girlfriend, Rat, have taken refuge in a seaside farm village near his aunt Irma’s house.

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and introspective Rat herself, who, while narrating the novel in shifting first- and second-person voices, too often produces empty, diaristic epiphanies on the human condition ("We lose when we learn just as we lose when we die").

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