Almudena Farizo’s night-time radio program “She has the Word” is phoned up by a mysterious woman with a man’s voice who calls herself Alma. Her call sparks a series of calls from other listeners speculating on her sexual identity and discussing the advantages and disadvantages of having a good voice and a strange or vulgar name. The callers also talk about themselves, almost always referring to their repressed sexuality. During one of her calls Alma says that she has seen a man tied to a tree, naked from the waist down, on a remote road outside of Aranjuez. The man’s life might be in danger. She says that she had nothing to do with the incident but she didn’t help the victim. After that, the listeners don’t just argue over sexual identity, homosexuality, catholic morality, transvestites and the importance of names and voices, but also this so-called Alma’s connection to the possible crime on the remote road.
A brave, even-handed book that makes the argument against prevailing sexual morality.
Love, marriage, homosexuality, and the Catholic Church are almost characters in their own right in the tale with as large a presence as the characters themselves.