El zoo sentimental

The Sentimental Zoo | Alfaguara, 2000

Nuria Barrios opts for originality and her particular Bestiary, nine tales amongst which we find Genesis´ Workshop, The Red Panties or The Dam, is a lucid and ironic way to twist eternal subjects into new thanks to powerful animal contributions.

In this way, a hamster that runs away between the legs of a couple of lovers knows, 2000 years later,  the reason why Christ resurrected Lazarus and later condemns him to the torment of death. Only a swallow knows the secret of a Chinese girl who goes from being a  nun to being a prostitute without leaving the convent and it´s interesting to find out the reason why an aquarium shark carries a Smith & Wesson caliber 38 around its waist.