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Ariel and the Bodies
Original title: Ariel i els cossos
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Ariel and the Bodies

Original title: Ariel i els cossos
Synopsis:

A novel about sexual identity, love, and desire.

As though in homage to Virginia Woolf’s Orlando, Ariel and the Bodies introduces a character who is seen first as a man, and then as a woman.  First in a relationship with someone called Eugeni, a young man of twenty who loves him with great madness and confusion. After a terrible accident, with the car plunging into the void, Ariel disappears in a way impossible to understand. When she reemerges, she is treated as a woman by David, a sculptor who writes her letter after letter, though none of them reach their destination.

Highlights Ariel and the Bodies

1

After publishing The Day David Bowie Died, Sebastià Portell confirms his literary talent with Ariel and the Bodies.

2

With echoes of Virginia Woolf ’s Orlando and André Aciman's Call Me by Your Name, Sebastià Portell creates a human being that goes beyond gender dualities. Ariel is neither a man nor a woman, and cannot be defined with outdated lexicon.

3

Despite the binary nature inherent to a diptych, Sebastià Portell crafts a work whose form is highly consistent with its theme of multiplicity: told in a series of psychiatric sessions, a madman’s journal, poetic descriptive attempts, “soul footnotes”, emails, letters never sent, drafts of a novel that reads like a dark fairy tale, and plenty of blank spaces. These varied textual articulations confuse, confide, converge, and contradict, combining to create a compelling composite character who—it turns out—is not so easily controlled.

The major challenge I faced whilst writing this book was to maintain the lack of definition. I created
a character that is defined word after word. Ariel is a body made of words. -Sebastià Portell

What I am goes beyond a word that suffocates me. -Ariel

Rights sold

Dos Bigotes (Spain). 

Technical data

Publishing date: | 272 pages | ISBN: 978-84-17016-81-4 | Imprint: Editorial Empúries