About Alia Trabucco Zerán and “My name is Estella” | EUROtoday

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HLooking for a maid, well-groomed look, full-time. There was nothing else there besides a telephone quantity, which quickly become an tackle, which I headed to in a white shirt and the identical black skirt I'm carrying now.”

The story of Estela García begins with this job commercial. The Chilean author and lawyer Alia Trabucco Zerán tells it in her novel “My Name is Estela”. Poor and unemployed, Estela leaves her dwelling and her mom within the south of Chile and strikes to the capital Santiago to work as a housekeeper for a wealthy couple and as a “Nana” – i.e. a surrogate mom – for his or her daughter Julia. Estela lives with this household for seven years. Year after yr she cleans, cooks and retailers for them. She will get insights into her intimate life. She ensures that her formidable employers, a health care provider and a lawyer, are at all times functioning, and he or she raises their baby, an anxious lady. She hardly ever leaves the unusual home the place Estela lives like a shadow in just a little room behind the kitchen.

However, the motion of the novel begins at a totally completely different time limit: on the finish of her job as a housekeeper. In the primary scene of the e book, Estela sits in some form of interrogation room. She guarantees to inform people who find themselves supposedly behind a glass pane – however who don’t make a single signal till the top – how the tragedy that introduced Estela to her present state of affairs took place. The lady the housekeeper needed to take care of is lifeless.

It is a prison prelude – however the novel shouldn’t be a thriller. At the top we learn the way the kid died. And we additionally assume we perceive why it needed to die. But what makes “My Name is Estela” an clever and stunning novel shouldn’t be {that a} crime is solved, however fairly the sharpness with which Estela reveals the secrets and techniques, the small on a regular basis cruelties, the miserable lifetime of the household – and on the identical time, firstly, their very own darkish sides.

This textual content comes from the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung.

Alia Trabucco Zerán is without doubt one of the excellent voices of latest Latin American literature. She was born in Santiago de Chile in 1983 and labored as a human rights lawyer after learning legislation on the Universidad de Chile. She studied inventive writing in New York and later obtained her doctorate in Latin American research in London. In her debut novel, The Difference, printed ten years in the past, she examined how the experiences of Chileans beneath Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship nonetheless have an effect on household relationships within the nation immediately. The novel, which has been translated into seven languages, was nominated for the Man Booker International Prize and received the Anna Seghers Prize in Germany.