With Dreaming of the Delta, Perla Suez joins the ranks of other prominent Argentine writers who have incorporated the horrors of the violent period of the Proceso de Reorganización Nacional. Highly experimental, this novel is a tale of secrecy, betrayal, and violence that reflects on a personal scale the national struggle for power and control at the height of the dictatorship of 1976 to 1983. And though violence takes center stage, it is played out in a private drama that unfolds in a mansion on the shores of the Paraná River in the province of Entre Ríos. Like the timeless river itself, Suez's words ebb and flow across the pages, leaving in their wake volatile voids that suggest to the reader that what is not disclosed is as powerful as what is revealed. With a skeletal prose that blurs the line between novel, theater, and film, Suez condenses decades of cruelty and longing into a few brief hours.
Perla Suez is an Argentine novelist, essayist, translator, and author of children's books. She was born in Córdoba bur lived the first fifteen years of her life in Basavilbaso in the province of Entre Ríos. She has most recently been awarded the Premio Nacional de Novela, the most prestigious award that can be bestowed upon an Argentine author.
Rhonda Dahl Buchanan is a professor of Spanish and director of Latin American and Latino Studies at the University of Louisville. Her many translations include Perla Suez's The Entire Rios Trilogy: Three Novels.