“Tentacle” among Books That Will Change the Way You Think about the World


[Many thanks to Peter Jordens for bringing this item to our attention.] Arianna Rebolini (BuzzFeed) says, “From Naomi Klein to Barbara Kingsolver, these authors explain the consequences of our warming planet — and imagine its future.” In her list of seventeen must-reads is Dominican author Rita Indiana with Tentacle (English-language translation of La mucama de Ominculé). [Also see previous post https://repeatingislands.com/2019/02/01/tentacle-is-a-unique-caribbean-spin-on-climate-fiction/.]

[. . .] Tentacle by Rita Indiana

In a post-apocalyptic Santo Domingo, a young humble maid named Acilde Figueroa discovers she’s able to travel back in time — and that a prophecy calls for her to do so and save the world by saving the ocean. With the help of a sacred anemone, she sets off on a mission that tackles issues of climate change, technology, queerness, colonialism, and Acilde’s own gender identity.

Promising review: “There’s nothing straightforward or derivative of this trippy, timely tale of saving the Caribbean from environmental collapse. Incorporating Afro-Caribbean religious traditions, literalizing the concept of gender-fluidity, and masterfully manipulating verb tenses to tell its story of personalities split across time and bodies, the prose is absolutely mesmerizing and weaves a story that I can’t imagine being told as powerfully or cohesively in any other medium than the novel.” —Sean Kottke

For full article, see https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/ariannarebolini/powerful-books-climate-change-cli-fi

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