A few days ago I finished Delirium
by Laura Restrepo.
Like an idiot I picked it up in the library without realizing that the original was in Spanish. I, like many people, prefer to read a book without the middle man in the form of a translator, so I was disappointed that I didn't pay closer attention.
Besides that, I did enjoy the book. It's beautifully written, with lush, warm phrases and a surprisingly interesting lack of punctuation that makes the sentences realer. After all, we don't always think in complete sentences, do we?
The book is told from three different points of view: the main woman, Agustina, who suffers a mental breakdown while her husband is on a business trip; the husband, Aguilar, who has to piece together what happened to his wife while he was gone; and Midas, an ex-boyfriend who has dealings with Pablo Escobar that get him in very hot water.
These story lines merge to create a picture of a dysfunctional world in which things are not always as they appear.
It's a quick read, but not a light one, so if you are struggling with any kind of depression I wouldn't suggest it. Otherwise, I highly recommend it.
4 out of 5 stars