Buenos Aires: Edhasa, 2017. First Edition. Paperback. 159p., wrps. New. Item #65536
"La danza de la araña" is the final installment in a trilogy by Laura Alcoba -- the work is preceded by "La casa de los conejos", a story that centers around a girl (herself) at the beginning of the Argentine dictatorship, when her father was in jail. In "El azul de las abejas", that same girl reunited with her mother in France, and began a new life, in a new language. In this work, the girl is on the brink of adolescence and more than ever feels trapped between two worlds: one with her mother in another country, full of uncertainties, sudden desires and fears; and one from the past, her early childhood, present in increasingly distant memories, and in the letters she exchanges with her father, still incarcerated in Argentina. At the center of the narrative is a spider that dances in its cage when its owner returns; the owner lets it out, so that it can briefly take advantage of freedom. Through this work, Alcoba weaves the web of a memory marked by pain and loss, both of which are reflected in a pulsating present, anticipating the vertigo of youth and the end of childhood.