Otilia Umaga, The Mullato Girl from Martinica, by Lidia Barugel
Reviewed by Alex Canton-Dutari
Lidia Barugel, an Argentinian writer won a very important novel contest not too long ago with this book. "Otilia Umaga, La Mulata de Martinica," is a beautiful novel written in Spanish. I would recommend it to anyone who likes to read in this language. The plot takes place in Senegal -- mainly -- with a few sights of Bahia, Brasil. It has all the required elements of fantasy, movement in time and space, and perhaps the required erotic element of our time in writing.
Nevertheless, the English translation has been done almost word by word, trying to maintain the writer's special weaving of the original text. It failed in its purpose.