The Woman Who Talked Alone
Original title: La mujer que hablaba sola
Author: Melba Escobar
The explosion of a bomb in a shopping mall bathroom in Bogotá triggers the anguished monologue of Cecilia Palacios when she learns that Pedro, her only son, is being held responsible. The attack leaves seventeen wounded – three fatally – and a network of wrongly-accused culprits, inadvertent heroes and countless victims of war. Cecilia, who thought her life was about to get easier now that Pedro was nearing adulthood, relives, in the seventy-two hours to come, a dizzying journey back through the past two decades of her life.
In an unbridled dialogue with the ghosts of her past, she begins to question the decisions she made in her youth, scrutinizing the reasons that propelled her into motherhood, and questioning: Is anyone truly innocent in Colombia, this country where everyone claims to profess the truth?
SPANISH (World) | Seix Barral