New Book: Gina Picart’s “La casa del alibi”

Gina Picart’s second novel, La casa del alibi, is being published by Editorial Letras Cubanas this summer (2011).

Description (by Georgina Pérez Palmés): Inspired by Dulce María Loynaz’s Jardín [Garden], with extensive and frequent allusions to this jewel of Cuban literature, La casa del alibi could be classified in various ways. We could consider it a “novel-river,” because of its numerous tributaries, which, like a spider, constitute its web-like structure. In addition, as defined by the author herself, it is “a ‘novel-mirror’ that moves along a path, not reflecting the obvious, but rather all that coexists with us but is invisible to the naked eyes.” Furthermore, it is a novel of reflection, of meditation. [Picart] combines various genres, political/historical narrative, esoteric events, detective-story plotlines, characters, passions, and high-intensity conflicts, which converge towards a masterful ending.

Gina Picart holds degrees in art, philology and journalism. She has worked for many years as a cultural journalist for Radio Metropolitana and Radio Ciudad de La Habana. Picart has written articles for all major newspapers and magazines in Cuba, including Granma, Tribuna de La Habana, and Juventud Rebelde. In 1990, her first book, La poza del ángel, won the David Award (for new authors) in the science fiction category, and the Pinos Nuevos award for fiction in 1993. Critics consider her books difficult to classify because they seem to stand at the boundaries between various genres: fantasy, gothic, and historical novels.

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One thought on “New Book: Gina Picart’s “La casa del alibi”

  1. The edition is very bad. There are a lot of misspellings (e.g.: Rohrschach is written in an almost unrecognizable form). There is even a contradiction which could have been solved with a good editorial work: the character Alondra, while in Miami, goes twice to the street, but only in the second it is said that she’s afraid of being recognized and wears sunglasses and a cap.
    I have also found a book by José Lezama Lima with the same title. The authoress never mentions it. Why?

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