La trabajadora



La trabajadoraElvira M Ndez Trabaja Como Correctora Para Un Gran Grupo Editorial Sus Escasos Ingresos La Obligaron A Mudarse A Un Piso Al Sur De Madrid, Y Para Poder Pagar El Alquiler Acept Como Inquilina, Por Recomendaci N De Su Amigo Germ N, A Su Antigua Colega Susana, Una Estramb Tica E Inmensa Rubia Con Algunos Problemas Mentales Que Acaba De Regresar De Una Temporada En Utrecht Susana Es Una Artista Que Hace Collages Con Trozos De Mapas, Pero Que Trabaja Como Teleoperadora Elvira Siempre Est Intentando Sonsacar Informaci N Sobre Sus Labores A Susana, Aunque Sea S Lo Para Conseguir Un Trabajo Similar Con El Que Lograr Llegar A Fin De Mes, Pero Nunca Lo Consigue A Os Despu S, Elvira Intenta Poner Punto Y Final A Una Novela Que Cuenta Todo Lo Que Vivi En El Pasado Sentada Frente A Su Psiquiatra, Le Expone Que Necesita Que La Terapia Le Sirva De Coda A Su Obra Y Que Su Superaci N Del Miedo Y Su Paranoia Ser N Narradas Como Un Cap Tulo Final A Partir De Sus Conversaciones Pero La Cuesti N Es Y Si No Consigue Superarlos Entonces El Libro, Y La Vida, Tendr N Que Quedarse Como Est N.

Huelva, 1978 es licenciada en Filosof a En 2004 gan el Certamen de J venes Creadores del Ayuntamiento de Madrid, y entre 2005 y 2008 disfrut de una beca de creaci n en la Residencia de Estudiantes En 2007 apareci su primer libro, La ciudad en invierno Caballo de Troya , que fue acogido calurosamente por la cr tica y distinguido como Nuevo Talento Fnac En 2009 public La ciudad feliz Mondadori , que obtuvo el XXV Premio Ja n de Novela y el IV Premio Tormenta al mejor nuevo autor, y que result elegido por Culturas del diario P blico como uno de los libros revelaci n del a o Elvira Navarro fue incluida en la lista de los 22 mejores narradores en lengua espa ola menores de 35 a os de la revista Granta.Ha colaborado con revistas como El Cultural de El Mundo, nsula, Letra Libres, Quimera, Turia o Calle 20, y con los diarios P blico y El Pa s Ejerce la cr tica literaria en Qu Leer y en el blog La tormenta en un vaso, e imparte talleres de escritura.

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10 thoughts on “La trabajadora

  1. Paul Fulcher says:

    Elvira Navarro s La Trabajadora, published in 2014, was translated into English by Christine McSweeney, and published, in 2017, by the excellent Two Lines Press best known for their championing of Wolfgang Hilbig and Marie NDiaye In its 189 pages, it presents a layered meta fictional narrative that touches on female sexuality, mental illness, the city of Madrid, and the increasing division into two cities, and the impact of the financial crisis on employment security.The story is narrated by Elvira Navarro s La Trabajadora, published in 2014, was translated into English by Christine McSweeney, and published, in 2017, by the excellent Two Lines Press best known for their championing of Wolfgang Hilbig and Marie NDiaye In its 189 pages, it presents a layered meta fictional narrative that touches on female sexuality, mental illness, the city of Madrid, and the increasing division into two cities, and the impact of the financial crisis on employment security.The story is narrated by Elisa, who works as a proofreader for a publisher in Madrid, but, with a degree and masters, aspires to be a writer, having published one novel She lives on the outskirts of the city, and, to make ends meet, sub lets her flat to the older Susana, 44 at the time the novel begins.But the novel presents their tale in a rather unsettling format, beginning with a 40 page story, almost a novella in its own right, based on a story told by Susana to Elisa and relayed by Elisa to us including Elisa s own inserted doubts as to the veracity of the story It begins This story is based on what Susana told me about her madness I ve added some of my own reactions, but to be honest, they are very few It goes without saying her narrative waschaotic.And goes on to relate how, two decades earlier, Susana sought, for a long time unsuccessfully, a partner through the lonely hearts ads Prospective partners were put off both by her red faced blondeness, my coming apart at the seams way of speaking, and a pair of eyes whose futile, terrifying ship wreck said it all, but also her very specific request for an unusual sexual practice But she eventually meets Fabio an immigrant, homosexual, dwarf who is happy to oblige, and the two form a couple of sorts.The shorter 2nd section is an article a short story or perhaps an essay Elisa had published in a now defunct Spanish newspaper actually based on one that the author herself wrote in 2010 It focuses on the impacts of the financial crisis Elisa s role has moved from a permanent employee to contract work, and increasingly the publisher doesn t pay the bill And as a result she has been forced to move to Aluche in the outskirts of Madrid.The piece also references the Madrid cityscapes of Antonio L pez Garcia, whose works as well as theimpressionist works of Ortega Mu oz are referenced throughout the text The third section, which constitutes the bulk of the book begins with Elisa taking on Susana as a lodger, recommended to Elisa by her friend perhapsthan that Germ n When Susana moved into the apartment, I hadn t been paid for a few months, and my attempts to find a place in some other publishing house had come to nothing My roommate was paid punctually for her work at the call centre, and didn t have to give it a second thought after five, while I would be battling with galleys until eight, and constantly waiting to be paid Some nights I d slave away on proofs until ten or eleven, not that I spent all that time hunting for errors What I was doing, with increasing frequency and without the least benefit, was surfing the internet I d visit the home page of El Pais twenty times, look at the blogs I follow, check out Facebook It was a vicious circle, because the next page of the galleys always held some unavoidable search, infinitely duller than rereading the same newspaper headlines.Susana, who has returned from time living in the Netherlands, isn t quite what Elisa had expected She wasn t as I d hoped, short and plump like a Hispanic mother, but the Nordic type tall, blond, horsey, with a complexion the colour of something like raw silk. The ian Susana, with her Wagnerian breasts , rather takes over the cramped flat, her possessions not confined to her own room, and the mirror like relationship between the two women dominates this section.Elisa herself suffers from panic attacks, and takes medication to control her mental health And she is disposed to exploring the City at night, particularly theabandoned environs, half built or abandoned buildings often populated by the homeless, dispossessed or illegal immigrants, semi tolerated by the owners and authorities I usually left the apartment at night, which meant my encounters with the guys from the truck became almost routine I continued to haunt the old prison, which had become a forest of rubble, a steep forest through which cockroaches scurried, and emitted a false glow at night what in fact glimmered on the rubble were the lights from the Avenida de los Poblados But it was as if those Dantesque fragments had light bulbs within them The guys on the truck are a recurring motif throughout her life, having first met them years earlier when she was 20 A band of 5 Romanies who roam the outskirts at night, scavenging for rubbish She seems to encounter them unrealistically often Their ubiquity reminded me of the man with white hair, a crazy we ve all seen sometime or other in free movie screenings, or standing in the shade of a tree on Pintor Rosales, rocking his Chinese girlfriend s wheelchair indeed the readers wonders if the re encounters arenightmares and manifestations of her mental state And they typically throw abuse at her, or, quite often and as they did on their first encounter, sharpened pieces of cardboard the edge of some stapled box or she wonders, do they, or did the cardboard simply blow off their truck One such encounter They didn t see me I was a long way away, quietly hunched down out of sight there was a candy wrapper on the ground at my feet, and I could hear the chirping of insects The third night I saw them playing daredevils on rotten planks I realized they were looking for something that wasn t cardboard My discovery shouldn t have been surprising, but then I know nothing of the criminal underworld What I did know was certain materials were being stolen for resale on the black market Copper mostly Yet it didn t ring true for me that, after years of standing empty, there would be anything of any value left in the prison I don t know exactly what they were pilfering, but expected to see them carrying long, sharpened sticks, weapons I felt the need to stand up, and as I did brushed against some piece of corrugated iron that fell with a loud clang The five Romanies turned, and shone their flashlights in my direction my knees were shaking slightly, and although I very much wanted to hunch down again, I couldn t even manage to breathe They stood very still, making sweeps with their lights The only things behind me were wire fencing, trees, and darkness Who s there they shouted, followed by, If you don t get out of here, I ll slash you Another one of them answered, It s a cat or something, dumbass Let s go Other than an on off relationship with her Dutch boyfriend, Susana seems to have little hinterland She refuses to talk about her job, her family other than admitting, at one point, that her father spent time in the aforementioned prison and even her friends seemrecent acquaintances Elisa struggles to reconstruct Susana and has some doubts as to her story, which she is incorporating in a story she is writing I wondered if I d ever been capable of interpreting her tendency to construct herself from movies, books and TV series, or her silence about her work although the reader can t help but feel Elisa s own self portrayal is little different, other than the very detailed discussion of her employment situation, with the only other characters she encounters her stressed boss and her friend Germ n, and with no real family history disclosed of her own.Susana is also an aspiring artist, her medium of choice maps of the city which she painstakingly assembles from manually cut out and pasted images This perhaps speaks to the shadow city that so preoccupies Elisa, but when Susana starts to achieve the success in her field that has so eluded Elisa in hers, it brings about both a fracture in the flatmates relationship but also brings the question of Elisa s own relationship with Germ n to a head The final, brief, section of the novel is a conversation between Elisa and her psychoanalyst, one which felt was meant to cause us to question the nature of what we have read although Elisa has been clear throughout her account that she is telling us a cathartic story Overall, a far from straightforward work and at times I found it difficult to get a foothold but thought provoking and worthwhile 3.5 stars rounded up to 4 as this feels a novel that would give upof its secrets on a re read.An interview with the author interview with the translator excellent reviews sample excerpt from the novel

  2. Jenny (Reading Envy) says:

    This was a bit of a challenging read for me I read it for Women in Translation month It s a short novel told in three long pieces, the first is Elisa s roommate Susana telling about her attempts to find a partner willing to do a specific sexual act And as in most instances where a writer fixates on a body part or a sexual act, I grow weary before they are through and feel like, okay, great, you proved you can Is there a purpose Is this a metaphor And should we still be using the word dwar This was a bit of a challenging read for me I read it for Women in Translation month It s a short novel told in three long pieces, the first is Elisa s roommate Susana telling about her attempts to find a partner willing to do a specific sexual act And as in most instances where a writer fixates on a body part or a sexual act, I grow weary before they are through and feel like, okay, great, you proved you can Is there a purpose Is this a metaphor And should we still be using the word dwarf The middle section focuses on Elisa and her financial and mental struggles Life is not easy for an editor in Madrid Then the last section focuses again on mental illness and versions of reality

  3. Gabe says:

    This book snuck up on me It kept getting better and better and I couldn t really put my finger on why I was enjoying it so much After finishing, I think it s because it s such a multifaceted, mutating work It changes from one thing to another, which is a testament to both its subtlety and, from a story standpoint, the baseline unreliability of the characters.I think what s most impressive about the book is how many layers there are to it There s a whole aspect of the book that weaves in the This book snuck up on me It kept getting better and better and I couldn t really put my finger on why I was enjoying it so much After finishing, I think it s because it s such a multifaceted, mutating work It changes from one thing to another, which is a testament to both its subtlety and, from a story standpoint, the baseline unreliability of the characters.I think what s most impressive about the book is how many layers there are to it There s a whole aspect of the book that weaves in the Spanish fiscal crisis from 2008 2016 that manifests itself in the poverty Elvira sees on her walks around Madrid and in Elvira s underpaid job at a book publisher how she d like to make enough money to pay for a downtown apartment, without having to share But you can read the novel purely as a psychological character study and it doesn t lose any of its appeal at the most basic story level, this is a subtle, excellent, memorable depiction of mental unraveling And then there s a brilliant metafictional unreliability twist at the end that makes you want to go back and study the textclosely for clues to what you may have missed.I was reminded of so many of my favorite books The casual askewness of Tom McCarthy s Remainder the interior strangeness and isolation of Claire Louise Bennett s Pond the icy sharpness and straightforwardness of Fleur Jaeggy s books the potentially volatile closeness of two women, especially toward the end as Susana s art gains focus, reminded me of The Woman Upstairs the patchwork structure of Valeria Luiselli and, sometimes, despite being first person, the book will sort of disembody itself and just describe the city of Madrid and other details of the landscape, which reminded me of Gerald Murnane s characterlessness and plotlessness It also reminded me of Mulholland Drive and Persona in the psychological twisting of Susana and Elena Of course, the inclination with something that feels new and exciting is to try to think of what else it reminds you of that you re familiar with, but really none of them exactly apply The novel stands on its own.The writing is excellent It s not showy, it just sort of unfolds using its own momentum Here s one of my favorite passages The silence, on the other hand, suggested unoccupied buildings about to be torn down When I turned onto one of those streets on another occasion, I saw cables strung from some of the balconies to streetlights, stealing electricity It was only a few, of course, but that didn t stop me from returning to the unlikely conviction that there were underground movements capable of modifying my mental vision of the city, and also the conception of it I read in newspapers, or saw on television and the Internet This pretty vague conviction or perhaps, better, off track intuition made me uneasy If accurate, it was equivalent to discovering we were Martians, someone s dream, or a computer program in which the rules changed from day to day But then the Romanies and homeless families had been occupying the city s empty buildings for decades, and since the increase in immigration, many dwellings on the outskirts had been broken into I d heard stories of family members being unable to come to an agreement about what to do with their inheritance, of empty properties perched on the slopes on either side of the railroad tracks, or boxed in between new buildings when, for complex legal reasons, they could not be expropriated The heirs allowed homeless families to live in the disputed buildings for the cost of maintenance At one time I d taken an interest in uncovering such phenomena, and used to prowl the streets where the aged houses seemed to be fresh and flourishing, but that was all Id been able to confirm.And another Susana brought me a cup of rooibos tea in one of the cups with a cow design I cart from apartment to apartment I d bought them one of the summers I spent in small Irish towns, learning English with a view to my promising future I stayed with families where the women had the same pale complexion as Susana, and her blue eyes, although none of them were either tall or corpulent All I remember about Ireland is the coastal scenery between Greystones and Bray, and the afternoon some friends and I broke a window of a tumbledown empty house and scrambled in There were no bats, no rat skeletons, just columns made of packs of A4 paper The packs were old, the paper yellowing we took as many as we could carry and scattered the sheets of paper along the beach I haven t been back to Ireland since that summer.And another What s , I love it when breaches open up, and when things take an unexpected turn I like it when the car breaks down halfway to my destination, and I have to spend the night in some small town I d never have even considered stopping in otherwise, or when there s a power outage though that hasn t happened for a long time and the air is filled with the scent of candles and camping stove fuel I like lazing around in a blackout, spending two, four, six hours, a whole day, not doing any of the things I d planned it s when I m closest to the keenness of the senses I had when I was younger

  4. jeremy says:

    elvira navarro was one of the 22 young spanish language novelists featured in granta s best of issue in late 2010 most of whom have had full length works translated into english since navarro s a working woman la trabajadorais the second of her novels to be rendered into english after the happy city.the spanish author s 2014 novel named a best book by several spanish publications is the often unsettling story of elena and susana narrated mostly from the perspective of the former , r elvira navarro was one of the 22 young spanish language novelists featured in granta s best of issue in late 2010 most of whom have had full length works translated into english since navarro s a working woman la trabajadorais the second of her novels to be rendered into english after the happy city.the spanish author s 2014 novel named a best book by several spanish publications is the often unsettling story of elena and susana narrated mostly from the perspective of the former , roommates each with their own creative ambitions and elusive pasts , struggling to overcome their respective psychological challenges a tale of friendship, artistic ambition and frustration, mental disorder, interpersonal observation, and, um, unique sexual proclivities, a working woman offers a glimpse into two disparate lives although farsimilar than either character would likely admit plagued by desires and motivations seemingly alien even unto themselves navarro s prose, coupled with her unreliable narrator, make a working woman an intriguing, ever curious work of personal fragility and estrangement in fiction everything is false, but i m not referring to that type of falsity i mean not respecting the coherence of the text so to maintain the coherence of what i ve written, i need this conversation to take place. translated from the spanish by christina macsweeney luiselli, salda a paris, rabasa

  5. Bruno says:

    There s a woman who wants to find someone who will lick her pussy while she s on her period during a full moon This woman has a gay dwarf boyfriend with psychic powersThere s another woman who works for a publishing house but never gets paid Everybody seems to be unstable, on meds and constantly showing severe signs of psychosis There s a gang of Romanies who go around in a truck throwing pieces of cardboard at one of the women Lots of sketchy neighbourhoods and run down buildin There s a woman who wants to find someone who will lick her pussy while she s on her period during a full moon This woman has a gay dwarf boyfriend with psychic powersThere s another woman who works for a publishing house but never gets paid Everybody seems to be unstable, on meds and constantly showing severe signs of psychosis There s a gang of Romanies who go around in a truck throwing pieces of cardboard at one of the women Lots of sketchy neighbourhoods and run down buildings Nothing makes sense in the end

  6. Luna Miguel says:

    Me ha encantado Quiz al final me sabe un poco a poco porque quisiera conocer m s detalles de Elisa y Germ n pero a pesar de ello, me ha gustado mucho Me siento identificada con la protagonista precariedad laboral en el mundo editorial Amigas obsesionadas con el sexo que intentan acaparar toda la atenci n Soledad Enfermedad Sensaci n de que lo que uno escribe termina por conquistar nuestra vida Etc.Se lee r pido, pero se disfruta Muy buen comienzo de 2014.

  7. Dan says:

    There s a small part of me that thinks maybe I only picked up this book because the author s first name is Elvira and that s an unusual name that my mother also happens to share There s a larger part of me that is certain I only picked up A Working Woman because it s a work in translation and struck me as similar to How Should a Person Be by Shelia Heti a novel that I adore Both parts of me are glad I decided to read this slim volume Navarro s prose is evocative, incisive, and richly detai There s a small part of me that thinks maybe I only picked up this book because the author s first name is Elvira and that s an unusual name that my mother also happens to share There s a larger part of me that is certain I only picked up A Working Woman because it s a work in translation and struck me as similar to How Should a Person Be by Shelia Heti a novel that I adore Both parts of me are glad I decided to read this slim volume Navarro s prose is evocative, incisive, and richly detailed It seduces you with its descriptions of bohemian life on the margins in contemporary Spain I m not ordinarily a fan of the avant garde and there are gimmicks in here that would ordinarily have me rolling my eyes, but for some reason the whole thing really worked for me In an interview with LitHub, Navarro says that she wanted to address the precariousness of working life and also the psyche and, at a deeper level, identity as a profoundly unstable construction that gives us a false sense of calm And that s it exactly The story at times seems to meander, but upon completing the read these themes emerge As a whole, the book has a feel of hopping from one sinking stone to another It s a living life paycheck to paycheck kind of read, a look at the sacrifices artists make for their work, and a vision of how our self conceptions shift with our circumstances I found it absorbing once I got into it, but I will say that it s not the type of book that I can dip into and out of I needed to read big chunks of it in one sitting to let its slow magic work on me If you liked this, make sure to follow me on Goodreads forreviews

  8. Mariana D. says:

    Este libro me mantuvo enganchada hasta el final No s si encontr lo que esperaba hallar pero me pareci que estaba bien planteado Me brind un par de personajes complejos y muy humanos con los que logr empatizar El encuentro entre Susana y Elisa est nutrido por conversaciones que versan en torno a ellas, sus pasiones, sus vidas, sus historias Elvira Navarro aporta una visi n de la enfermedad psiqui trica de la que no hab a le do sin la carga y el estigma, la romantizaci n y el se alamien Este libro me mantuvo enganchada hasta el final No s si encontr lo que esperaba hallar pero me pareci que estaba bien planteado Me brind un par de personajes complejos y muy humanos con los que logr empatizar El encuentro entre Susana y Elisa est nutrido por conversaciones que versan en torno a ellas, sus pasiones, sus vidas, sus historias Elvira Navarro aporta una visi n de la enfermedad psiqui trica de la que no hab a le do sin la carga y el estigma, la romantizaci n y el se alamiento La autora nos permite andar y deconstruir al Madrid de ensue o para volverlo de carne y hueso

  9. Jim says:

    A fascinating work of metafiction reminiscent of aspects of Valeria Luiselli s Faces in the Crowd and Ben Lerner s At the Atocha Station It s not an enjoyable read per se, but a haunting portrait of psychosis in a life pushed to the margins I ll be thinking about this one for a long time That Christina MacSweeney translated it should be enough of an endorsement.

  10. Federica says:

    La lavoratrice, con quel suo stile duro e spietato, non ci culla e non ci giustifica, come se volesse dare uno scossone a chiunque viva una situazione del genere e, a fine lettura, ci riesce decisamente bene.Leggi la recensione completa qui La lavoratrice, con quel suo stile duro e spietato, non ci culla e non ci giustifica, come se volesse dare uno scossone a chiunque viva una situazione del genere e, a fine lettura, ci riesce decisamente bene.Leggi la recensione completa qui

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