The Book: Cocaine Queen, by Nuria Amat
Nuria Amat (Barcelona, 1950) is a writer and has served as a professor of library science at the University of Barcelona.
The Village Voice: "...the Barcelona-based Catalan author brings an alien sensibility and lush, invented language to Queen Cocaine, set in Colombia's war-ravaged countryside.... Amat's
book is a paranoid fever dream of a peasant novel - heir to those of Rulfo and Fanon, but also Lispector - filtered through the gaze of her
deftly conjures the funereal landscape of Colombia's Pacific coast - an indifferent sea; intemperate rains; a jungle carpeted with snakes and punctuated by swamps... a traumatic forced evacuation of the village near the end adds gravitas to the book, which is an acute, grimly poetic account of a South American heart of darkness.