Paulette Jonguitud es autora del libro Mildew, publicado en Reino Unido por CB Editions en 2016 en traducción de la autora y cuya edición original fue hecha por FETA-Conaculta en 2011 con el título de Moho.
En su versión en inglés Mildew fue señalado en la lista de Cultural Highlights of 2015 por la New Welsh Art Review. En su versión en español recibió Mención Honorífica en el Premio Juan Rulfo a Primera Novela en 2009. Es también autora de la novela de misterio para niños El Loco del Martinete, publicada en México y España por Grupo Edebé y del libro de cuentos Son necios, los fantasmas, publicado en México por El Guardagujas en 2016.
Ha sido Artista Residente en la MacDowell Colony y fue becaria de la Fundación para las Letras Mexicanas y del Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes en su programa Jóvenes Creadores.
Paulette Jonguitud is the author of Mildew, published in the UK by CB EDITIONS and in Mexico by FETA/CONACULTA.
Mildew was part of the Cultural Highlights of 2015 list by the New Welsh Art Review. In its Spanish edition it received a Special Mention in the 2009 edition of the Juan Rulfo First Novel Prize.
She has also written El loco del martinete, a children’s book published in Mexico and Spain by Grupo EDEBÉ and a short story collection, Son necios, los fantasmas, published in Mexico by El Guardagujas. She has been an artist in residence at the MacDowell Colony and a fellow of Fundación para las Letras Mexicanas and FONCA in its Program for Young Creators.
‘This extraordinary tale of sex and death … Mildew, by a gifted new Latin American writer, has weight, yet is told with a lightness Calvino would have admired.’
– Beverley Bie Brahic.
`This is a book which exists on its own terms and uses its own voice. The meshing of form with theme is uniquely well-realised, and the level of control over plot, character and dialogue is astonishingly well done. In my view Jonguitud achieves what only the best writers are capable of. She tells a local story on the smallest of canvases, but with such skill, precision and depth of honesty that the story acquires the enduring and immovable power of fable.´
-Amy McCauley. New Welsh Review.
‘It’s a novel that creeps through you, rather like the mildew that begins growing on its narrator Constanza’s body on the day before her daughter’s weddding. I didn’t realise until I started thinking back on the novel just how much it had infected my thoughts.’
– David Hebblethwaite
‘A strong, slim book on the inabilities of women to speak openly about what they are to each other, and to themselves.’
– Joanna Walsh, The National.
‘Reminiscent of some of the films of Pedro Almodovar, the story is both psychological and magical; the narrative explores womanhood, the female body, the complexity of female relationships, sex, motherhood, betrayal, ageing and ulitmately rot, as in the eponymous “mildew” – the imagery of which cleaves to the isnide of your head, as does her childhood perspective on the gardens of Hieronymous Bosch, like her Christian nuns’ teachings about hell; an aborted fetus she names “Rafael”; and the perfect body of her husband’s supposed mistress.’
– Valerie Sirr, Wales Arts Review, 2015 Highlights
`An entire history condensed into a single day, an entire family and their respective pasts brought out in quick but vivid portraits. At only 91 pages Midlew is a deceptively simple book. It’s brevity and relatively unadorned prose belie what is more layered and difficult. This is a novel with a psychological and emotional intensity that invites careful reading and re-reading, and resists immediate interpretation.’