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Deep sea, lovesickness

A love story guides, as an efficient cause, the anecdote of The Sea that you give me, of Jorge Rodríguez, from the first to the last page. A love story that will be, at the same time, a simultaneous axis with the political axis, since both make up a true chain of DNA that, like two parallel and inseparable spirals, move towards a single horizon.
To star in his novel, Jorge Rodríguez has created two endearing characters who are, at least in appearance, the characters with the least intellectual complexity in the story.

Subjects of a love that develops in an environment of extraordinary political violence, apart from forming a couple that breaks with the normality of love and hetero sex. This diversity, by the way, that the narrator describes with acceptance without fuss, thereby causing it to lose all moral relevance in the development of the story.

Rodríguez personalizes the political novel to the point of making it almost unrecognizable, but make no mistake, El mar que me regalas is essentially a political novel.

The halo of the public prevails throughout the entire work. The story contains in abundance elements that are usually related to this type of novel, whether it is a denunciation of social inequalities, corruption, repression, torture, imperialism or insurrection.

Also read the literary criticism about the same book Rivers that flow into a novel by Raúl Cazal

However, the similarities with the political novel as we know it only end there. Those who revolt here against the status quo, for example, are far from embodying the typical insurgent character. The rebels in The Sea You Give Me are for strictly personal motivations. This detail adds complexity to the plot and gives rise to a series of events that dislocate the traditional structure of the political novel.

Events are precipitated thanks to the actions of a small group that is torn between naivety and inexperience; neophytes trapped by a whirlwind in which they engage almost as if it were a game, only to be swept away by the cruelty of the gears they set in motion. It is this naivety that determines, incidentally, the subsequent development of the novel.

Along the way, the reader will face circumstances that seem to have no relation to politics, although, contradictorily, everything leads to the inevitable wall of repression.

The character of a detective novel that infects The Sea You Give Me is another detail that distances this book from the typical political story. What could have taken the normal course of the investigative novel is, however, interrupted by the fact that the supposed crime does not have, within the text, a universally accepted norm that governs it but is subject to the ideological judgment that The characters involved and the reader himself make it. The latter will be forced to match his reading with the parameters that are gradually provided to him, parameters always oriented towards and by the political background. So what happened may, in fact, be a crime, but it very well may not be. Ambiguity that forces the reader to permanently redirect his reception of the anecdote, and, in particular, his assessment of the political background that pervades everything.

Thus, the novel progresses from question to question. The establishment is questioned; the rationality that, we assume, should govern the discourse of the detective novel is questioned; and, finally, the idea of ​​normality associated with heterosexual love is questioned. Everything is subverted in this novel. A continuous process of metamorphosis undermines any solid support capable of identifying the logic that governs what is narrated. Not even the language offers a firm foundation, since it passes without transition from a lyrical tone of fine poetry to the stark story of sex, as if it were the best erotic novels, or to the almost cinematic narration of torture, which does not avoid detail or he stops in polite niceties with the reader.

The language also gives rise to a narrative fluidity that seduces the recipient and immerses them in that state of dependency, which we have all experienced, when it is only possible to abandon reading on the last page.

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