Beya, in Tu as vu le visage de Dieu, a sort of contemporary and feminist retelling of Sleeping Beauty, tries to escape from the prostitution ring that kidnapped her. In Romance de la Noire blonde, a young artist named Gabi sets herself on fire to avoid eviction from her apartment in the midst of a financial crisis. Disfigured, she becomes both a work of art and an emblem of the popular struggle. These two short novels form, with Pleines de grâce, an “Oscura” trilogy, about the reversal of victims, who fight against individual and collective exploitation.
With a language free of everything, mixing the Bible, Kill Bill, mythologies, to the triviality of everyday life, Gabriela Cabezon Cámara deploys a powerful language, poetic and political, shaping our contemporary heroines and plunges us directly into the depths of the margins.