The Event: Marcos, a middle class teenager, murders his father and leaves one of his four brothers badly wounded.
The initial reaction: No-one among Marcos’ friends, relatives and teachers can explain what has happened. Images of the crime fill the news bulletins.
The Investigation: Marcos’s crime is not an isolated event. Too many cases in recent years have seen minors involved in extremely violent situations. Bullying. Cyberbullying. Racist attacks. Drug deals. Videos on YouTube of teachers being humiliated. Depressed teachers. Is it the teenagers’ fault? Is it that of their teachers? Their parents? Can anyone really be blamed or are we all victims?
An original and perceptive vision of the adolescent conflict.
This is Fernando J. López’s powerful, controversial and supremely intelligent vision of the unpleasant reality of life in the classrooms, a world in which adolescents spend much of their time, living according to their own rules, struggling with their life anxieties, contradictions and frustrations, where, unbeknownst to the adults in charge of their education, conflicts can break out with catastrophic consequences.
A magnificently constructed thriller that grips the reader from the first page. Many different voices join together in an attempt to understand an awful, incomprehensible crime committed in a school environment. A timely novel that urges the reader to think about the current state of the education system. An essential read.
Sol y Lune Éditions (France).