Dark Constellations

by Pola Oloixarac
Release date: April 15, 2019
Original title: Las constelaciones oscuras
Type: other fiction
Genres: magical realism
Tags: translation

The original novel was published in 2015. Translated by Roy Kesey.

Argentinian literary star Pola Oloixarac's visionary ambitious second novel investigates humanity’s quest for knowledge and control, hurtling from the 19th century mania for scientific classification to present-day mass surveillance and the next steps in human evolution.

Canary Islands, 1882: Caught in the 19th-century wave of scientific classification, explorer and plant biologist Niklas Bruunis researches Crissia pallida, a species alleged to have hallucinogenic qualities capable of eliminating the psychic limits between one human mind and another.

Buenos Aires, 1983: Born to a white Argentinian anthropologist and a black Brazilian engineer, Cassio comes of age with the Internet, and demonstrates the skills and personality that will make him one of the first great Argentine hackers.

The southern Argentinian techno-hub of Bariloche, 2024: Piera, on the same research group as Cassio, studies human DNA. When the Estromatoliton project comes to fruition, the Argentine government will be able to track every movement of its citizens without their knowledge or consent, using censors that identify DNA at a distance.

In a dazzling novel of towering ambition, Oloixarac proves that true strength resides in the world's most deeply shadowed interstices, as beautiful and horrifying as dark constellations themselves.

(updated 2019-04-15)

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