15 febrero 2011

La modistilla atrevida

El tiempo entre costurasEl tiempo entre costuras by María Dueñas

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


La historia de la modistilla atrevida que se convierte en espía es el frágil maniquí en que María Dueñas cuelga escenas y personajes de Madrid, antes y después de la guerra civil, de la pacífica Tetuán alejada de esa guerra, y de Lisboa como terreno contestado por alemanes e ingleses durante la segunda guerra mundial. Las aventuras de la guapa pero inculta joven Sira Quiroga, transformada en la elegantísima y coqueta Arish Agoriuq para recabar inteligencia para MI6 a través de las esposas de los militares y políticos alemanes, son cada vez menos verosímil, y el final es tan imposible que provoca risa, pero mientras tanto, el lector se divierte con personajes estrafalarios como Candelaria la matutera en Tetuán y Sira/Arish ella misma, una espía de mil trucos improvisados.



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Geoffrey Fox's short story collection Welcome to My Contri (1988, enlarged e-book 2010) was described by The New York Times Book Review as a "short and impressive work" in which "Mr. Fox [...] has created a memorable set of players who, while not natural antagonists (they often share the same dreams and goals), are still somehow bent on confrontation. Watching their sometimes vicious, often darkly humorous interactions leaves us thoroughly wrung out and aware that we are in the presence of a formidable new writer". Novels: A Gift for the Sultan (2010), Rabble! (2021) His articles, op-eds and book reviews have appeared in The Nation, The New York Times, the Village Voice and other publications. Since 2008, Fox has been living with his partner, architect Susana Torre, on the edge of the Mediterranean in the village of Carboneras in Andalusia, Spain, where his short stories (in Spanish) under the pen name "Baltasar Lotroyo" ("el otro yo" = alter ego in Spanish) have appeared in anthologies and online publications.