Orfa Alarcón

Mexico

©by Gonzalo Morales

 

 

Orfa Alarcón was born in Monterrey in 1979 and studied Spanish literature. Her short stories have been published in various magazines and anthologies and won a number of prizes. Perra Brava is her first novel, which made it onto the shortlist for the Premio Iberoamericano de Narrativa Las Américas.

 

 

Monterrey, north Mexico: By the side of the powerful drugs lord Julio, the student Fernanda lives an extravagant life: parties, sex, and plenty of money. In return she devotes herself unconditionally to her man, with a love that is to change to its cruel opposite when Julio is no longer the one Fernanda used to know.

Fernanda is a young woman who has everything and yet, haunted by her own past and the lack of control over her own life as the lover of a narcotics boss, she descends into a downward spiral of dependence and violence. Perra Brava (“Brave Bitch”) is a fast-paced, powerful novel, in which glamour, wealth and beauty are mere facades of corrupt Mexican society.

 

 

Without a doubt, Orfa Alarcón is the writer I have long been waiting for. Brave, accurate, irreverent, very much herself. Alarcón’s hand doesn’t tremble, nor does her courage get shaken. I am already looking forward to her new book.

Cristina Rivera Garza

 

A book that vibrates of its own accord and shakes the reader. Alarcón is quite obviously a meticulous observer and a fantastic listener who is not afraid to use hard language.

Elmer Mendoza/El Universal

 

Novel:

 

Perra brava

Mexico City: Editorial Planeta 2010, 204 p.

Film rights under negotiation

France: Asphalte 2018Germany: Wagenbach 2014

 

Bitch Doll

Mexico City: Ediciones B 2013, 424 p.

 

 

Participation in anthologies:

 

El vacío de las calles no vacías. Literatura joven universitaria 2002-2005.

San Nicolás: Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León 2006

(Short Stories: Proceso de laceración and Para que me escuches, aunque sea en blanco y negro)

 

Antología: jóvenes creadores generación 2007/2008

Mexico City: FONCA 2008

 

Antología mínima del orgasmo

Monterrey: Ediciones intempestivas 2009

 

La Frontera – Die mexikanisch-US-amerikanische Grenze und ihre Künstler

Frankfurt am Main: Faust Kultur