MILDEW

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‘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.


‘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.

`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


`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.’

-Michelle Bailat-Jones.


MILDEW LISTED AMONG CULTURAL HIGHLIGHTS OF THE YEAR, BY WALES ARTS REVIEW.

An unusual short novel and with huge scope, Mildew, by Mexican writer Paulette Jonguitud (CB Editions, 2015) elegantly translated from the Spanish by the author is an astonishing, mythical tale of a very strange manifestation of one woman’s ‘out, damned spot!’ increasing guilt and intense rage provoked by a relationship with another woman/daughter figure.


REVIEWS:

Mildew. By Paulette Jonguitud. Amy McCauley. New Welsh Review.

Woman’s metamorphosis grows with silence in Paulette Jonguitud’s Mildew.  Joanna Walsh. The National. 

Paulette Jonguitud’s Mildew. David Hebblethwaite. 

Mildew, by Paulette Jonguitud. Michelle Bailat-Jones.

Cultural Highlights of the year. Valerie Sirr. Wales Arts Review