* WINNER OF THE ELENA PONIATOWSKA IBEROAMERICAN PRIZE 2016 *
In the depths of the forest and of the night, car lights turn on and a group of immigrants are attacked by another group of men and women, and left hostage to the homeland they live in and their own stories. This is how this road novel begins, crossing through a nation where humans are reduced to smuggled goods, where violence is the stage where all the stories take place and where Emiliano Monge pierces into the essence of a savage Latin America. Through the kidnappers and the massive bundle of immigrants whose individuality falls into pieces, Monge leaves horror and solitude bare, and also the loyalty and hope that beat in the human heart. Las tierras arrasadas ambitiously tells the holocaust of the 21st century but also a love story between Estela and Epitafio, leaders of the group of kidnappers. A story of high stylistic voltage and shuddering pace, where fiction and reality – testimonies of immigrants who make up the interludes in the novel – weave an unexpected mosaic that is moving, disturbing and impossible to forget.
RIGHTS: spanish PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE | english (world) SCRIBE | french PHILIPPE REY | italian LA NUOVA FRONTIERA | dutch WERELDBIBLIOTHEEK