Spanning three centuries, Dark Constellations by Pola Oloixarac is a logophile's dream book. Drawing connections between such varied topics like botany, hackers, colonialism, and misogyny, Dark Constellations successfully paints an unforgettable and highly unusual tale — unique to Oloixarac's voice and experience. Recommended By Alex Y., Powells.com
Synopses & Reviews
Canary Islands, 1882: Caught in the 19th-century mania for
scientific classification, explorer and plant biologist Niklas Bruun
Crissia pallida, a species alleged to have hallucinogenic
qualities capable of eliminating the psychic limits between one human
Buenos Aires, 1983: Born to a white Argentinian anthropologist
and a black Brazilian engineer, Cassio comes of age with the Internet
and becomes a prominent hacker, riding the wave of transformations
brought about by distributed networks, mass surveillance, and new flows
of globalized capital.
The southern Argentinian techno-hub of Bariloche, 2024: A
research group works on a project that will allow the Ministry of
Genetics to track every movement of the country's citizens without their
knowledge or consent, using sensors that identify DNA at a distance.
But the new technology contains within it the seeds of a far more
radical transformation of human life and civilization.
In a novel of
towering ambition, Oloixarac's complexly intertwining stories reveal the
power that resides in the world's most deeply shadowed spaces.
"This genre-defying novel
blends science fiction with cyberpunk with naturalism to end up with
something utterly original....Oloixarac is a massive, mysterious
talent." Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)
"This wild anthropological ride blends political satire, psychedelic sexuality, and cyberpunk themes." Publisher's Weekly
"Oloixarac uses her hypnotic
prose and wildly original ideas to eviscerate the deep misogyny that
makes up the scientific and technological worlds, sending us on a wild
ride through a world where everything is transmutable." Tor.com
About the Author
Pola Oloixarac is a fiction writer and essayist. Her novels,
Savage Theories and
Dark Constellations, have been translated into eight languages. She wrote the libretto for the opera
Hercules in Mato Grosso, which was staged in Buenos Aires's Teatro Colón and New York City, and her fiction has appeared in
The White Review, among others. Her pieces on politics and culture have appeared in
The New York Times and on the BBC. She currently writes a weekly column in
Perfil. She splits her time between Miami and Buenos Aires.