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THE TAIGA SYNDROME

Cristina Rivera Garza

  • Original Title: EL MAL DE LA TAIGA
  • Publication date: May 2012
  • Publisher: TUSQUETS EDITORES
  • Country: MX
  • 119 print pages
  • Crime fiction/Noir

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  • Epoch: Historical
  • Themes: FAMILY, Couple, Separation, PEOPLE facing life, Initiation journey, Life change, Looking back on one's life, Search for the truth, Facing failure, PEOPLE facing the extraordinary, Psychological dysfunction, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Social relations

Pitch

A short, eerie novel about an investigator, hired by a mysterious stranger to track down his wife who has run away with another man. She has been sending him regular postcards with cryptic messages as the couple journey deeper into the taiga - the boreal forests of the northern hemisphere.

Comments

Translation rights sold: US, UK, Turkey

Nominated for the 2019 Shirley Jackson Award
Nominated for the 2019 CLMP Firecracker Awards for Independently Published Literature

"This insanely creepy and brilliant book by the incomparable Cristina Rivera Garza will keep you awake at night. Garza is a master of atmosphere. A detective novel directed by David Lynch & narrated by Bolaño." Mark Haber, Brazos Bookstore

Cristina Rivera Garza is one of Mexico's most prolific authors. She is the only author to ever win the prestigious Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Prize twice and is also the recipient of other important awards such as the Anna Seghers International Prize (Berlin) and the Roger Caillois Award for Latin American Literature (Paris).

Summary

An atmospheric short novel that brings together the genres of gothic horror, fairy tale and noir.

A fairy tale run amok, THE TAIGA SYNDROME follows an unnamed female Ex-Detective as she searches for a couple who has fled to the far reaches of the earth. A betrayed husband is convinced by a brief telegram that his second ex-wife wants him to track her down - that she wants to be found. He hires the Ex-Detective, who sets out with a translator into a snowy, hostile forest where strange things happen and translation betrays both sense and one's senses. Tales of Hansel and Gretel and Little Red Riding Hood haunt the Ex-Detective's quest, though the lessons of her journey are more experiential than moral: that just as love can fly away, sometimes unloving flies away as well. That sometimes leaving everything behind is the only thing left to do.

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  • Author’s biography

    Cristina Rivera Garza (born 1964) is one of Mexico's most prolific authors. The English-language translation of her novel EL MAL DE LA TAIGA has been nominated for The Shirley Jackson Award, and the CLMP Firecracker Awards for Independently Published Literature. She is the only author to ever win the prestigious Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Prize twice and is also the recipient of other important awards such as the Anna Seghers International Prize (Berlin) and the Roger Caillois Award for Latin American Literature (Paris). Her contributions to the international literary world go beyond her own work: after earning a Ph.D. in Latin American History from the University of Houston, she went on to found the first Creative Writing Ph.D. program in Spanish offered in the United States at her alma matter.