Gustavo Sainz: La princesa del Palacio de Hierro (The Princess of the Iron Palace)

The latest addition to my website is Gustavo Sainz‘s La princesa del Palacio de Hierro (The Princess of the Iron Palace). Sainz was part of the Onda movement, a literary movement that rejected the formal and conservative writings of previous Mexican authors and adopted a colourful language, using lots of slang and vulgarities, and openly discussed sex, drugs and politics. This story is narrated by the unnamed heroine, the eponymous princess, who comes from a rich family and is expected to behave like a lady at all times. She does not. She has numerous boyfriends, with whom she has sex, takes drugs, drinks heavily and lives a very wild and chaotic life. Above all, she tells stories of her highly colourful life, which involves a series of boyfriends, most of whom seem to have dubious and often criminal backgrounds, a continuous wild ride and even a job, working at the Mexican department store, the Palacio de Hierro (Iron Palace). The novel is a continuous stream of events, stories, mishaps, violence, and lots of sex and drugs. It is a highly colourful and enjoyable novel, in that it never lets up for a minute, as she jumps backwards and forwards, in time and place, lives what can only be described as a totally chaotic life and somehow manages to survive car crashes, drug overdoses, difficult boyfriends, a sexual assault by a government minister and a life too well-lived.

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