With her new novel, ‘The Last White Man’, the author and journalist explores the dissatisfaction and contradictions of a successful woman in the face of the male tyrants of the work world.
It could be real: A 44-year-old woman reaches the top of her career as an executive for a company she works for. You don’t know uncertainty. He has a sky-high salary. And until she reached that place, she has worked twice as hard as a man, she has tried harder than a man, she has shown that she is tougher, more cruel and stronger than a man. Might be possible. This woman opens an interesting gap. but maybe you don’t know why, Nor for whom did he eventually become a part of the one against whom he had started fighting. Until he felt a sense of emptiness. This is the plot of the second novel by writer and journalist Nuria Labari (Santander, 1979), last white man (Random House Literature). The title is for him. The title is his, hero. He has become the last white man. This is another of them, terrifying in horror.
This is a book that looks at feminism in a different way. It’s more: it’s a novel that looks where we don’t. which we take for granted. accumulated prejudices. That’s why even the very structure of last white manavoid molds, It is a novel, but it has the manners of a very tight and precise essay. And also a social manifesto. And it is a condemnation of the world of work when we acknowledge that it exceeds its limits, that it turns us into its degraded tools. All this is narrated by a voice that moves away and reaches between the microscope and the telescope, creating an echo of weirdness that grows.
“The novel is born out of a need to understand what happens to us when questions about work come up. What happens in the space to which we devote most of our lives, for which we train and where we so desire,” says Labari. It’s all an area of mismatch. “Being a woman is the worst thing you can do in the workplace. In fact, the worst, because of the pay gap, because of under-representation in positions of power…”. In this sense this novel is an autopsy. an autopsy of power, Forensic investigation to create a realistic portrait of a woman in the workplace. “Why persist a system that does not provide well-being?” The author asks, “Nor does it provide us with happiness or security, which is not sustainable and, in spite of everything, remains undisturbed and unsustainable?” The novel seeks answers. And to find them you have to start erasing from the original.
therefore last white man It has some warning light. warning beacon. And we can consider the hero as an intruder in the present, ready to blow up everything. For revenge, eventually. You have to be very submissive and obedient in order to occupy certain positions of power, and this is where the woman around whom the ideas of this novel of ideas revolve, when she is born in power. It looks like a dystopia, but it is the sulphurous mirror of the present. Are we like this? of course we are. We are what we have badly built against ourselves. “It’s a novel that sees where we don’t see. One that we take lightly. Everything biologically feminine has been removed from the sphere of work and the domes of power. What matters is knowing that How to compete. And there’s only one style to that: the one that sets the rules of the game”, says the author.
and that’s why . hero of last white man, a novel armed with extraordinary narrative potential, ceases to wonder whether. And if she is, what does she do? “And if that structure has nothing to do with the way dominant masculine power is interpreted and practiced,” Labari says. So the women who rose to the top of the workforce may have done so by adapting to power, being assimilated by it as they know. And why this power? “To get something they already had,” answers the author. “The hero on the other hand, Aspire to power to change it, to explode it, She is convinced that she can no longer prolong the mental prisons in which work and power are under us,” Labari explains. last white man It is made aware by a woman that everything (in its own way, with its own rules) has to be one of them. In another one of them.
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