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Fiction: General
Unabridged   7 hour(s)
Publication date: 04/13/2021

One of the Most Anticipated Books of 2021 in Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Esquire, The Week, and Literary Hub


A Novel

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Digital Download ISBN:9781696604864


From the critically acclaimed author of Savage Theories and Dark Constellations comes Pola Oloixarac's Mona, where success as a "writer of color" proves to be a fresh hell for a young Latin American woman at a literary conference in Sweden.

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Mona, a Peruvian writer based in California, presents a tough and sardonic exterior. She likes drugs and cigarettes, and when she learns that she is something of an anthropological curiosity—a woman writer of color treasured at her university for the flourish of rarefied diversity she brings—she pokes fun at American academic culture and its fixation on identity.

When she is nominated for "the most important literary award in Europe," Mona sees a chance to escape her downward spiral of sunlit substance abuse and erotic distraction, so she trades the temptations of California for a small, gray village in Sweden. Now she is stuck in the company of all her jet-lagged—and mostly male—competitors, arriving from Japan, France, Armenia, Iran, and Colombia. Isolated as they are, the writers do what writers do: exchange compliments, nurse envy and private resentments, stab rivals in the back, and hop in bed together. All the while, Mona keeps stumbling across the mysterious traces of a violence she cannot explain.

As her adventures in Scandinavia unfold, Mona finds that she has not so much escaped her demons as locked herself up with them in the middle of nowhere. In Mona, Pola Oloixarac paints a hypnotic, scabrous, and ultimately jaw-dropping portrait of a woman facing down a hipster elite to which she does and does not belong.


"Smart, provocative . . . The rich inner life of its namesake character propels this vibrant examination of the writing world." ―Publishers Weekly

"Dense with clever analysis of the modes and mannerisms of literary society―readings that resemble postmodern performance art, dalliances that swing from Hay to Cartagena―Mona is the kind of novel you read with a sense that you’re in on some very juicy gossip." ―Chloe Schama, Vogue

Author Bio

Pola Oloixarac's debut novel, Savage Theories, was a breakout bestseller in Argentina and was nominated for the Best Translated Book Award. She was awarded the 2021 Eccles Centre & Hay Festival Writer's Award. Pre­viously a resident of San Francisco, California, she currently resides in Barcelona.