The Body’s Memory
FÓRCOLA EDICIONES, 2017, 192 p. LITERARY FICTION, spanish
A feminine novel, very personal, yet universal.
The origin of this novel is a question by Patricia Almarcegui: what would have happened if, instead of continuing her studies in Zaragoza, she had gone to Russia and become the first Spanish dancer to enter the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, the most important ballet in the world? This experience, she realizes it in this false autobiography, she becomes the first dancer of the famous theatre.
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From her retreat in St. Petersburg, in her fiftieth year, the dancer and protagonist of the Memoria del cuerpo, remembers her life through her loves, her body, and especially music and dance, to which these pages pay particular tribute. In these dummy memories, the reader is a witness to what a life entirely dedicated to an art can be like. She brings us her most intimate, most painful (like the exile of a teenager far from her family), most fabulous experiences. Against the backdrop of the city of La Neva, its palaces, theatres and grand avenues, she shares with us her thoughts on ambition and competition, fame, sacrifice, personal relationships biased by an invasive profession, pleasure and desire, but also the melancholy that gradually intrudes into the heart of the woman who is witnessing her own decadence, the wear and tear of her body, and who has no other remedy than to be reborn anew.
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