Ave Barrera (Guadalajara, México, 1980) holds a Bachelor in Hispanic Literature at University of Guadalajara and for several years she was editor in Oaxaca, México. Ave has been awarded fellowships from the Fundación Carolina for a training course on publishing at the Complutense University of Madrid and the Young Creators Grant for Novel (2010 and 2014) from the Mexican National Fund for Culture and the Arts (FONCA). Ave has worked as copywriter for e-media and once as a ghostwriter. She also writes short stories and just published the illustrated children book Una noche en el laberinto (A night in a labyrinth, Edebé 2014). She was recipient of the Sergio Galindo Award from the Veracruz University with her first novel Puertas demasiado pequeñas (Too small doors). She currently lives in México City and studies a Master degree in Modern Portuguese Literature at UNAM while she is writting a new novel: Tratado de la vida marina (Treatise of marine life) with the support of FONCA.
Puertas demasiado pequeñas (Too Small Doors)
Alianza Editorial, November 2016 / 216 pages
Rights acquired by:
Alianza Editorial (World Spanish except Colombia)
Laguna Libros (Colombia only)
Ave Barrera introduces us into a silent and empty space, as material as abstract: The artistic creation. She take us with extreme naturalness in this microcosm so rare and shocking as real, thanks to the construction of powerful atmospheres – those that emanate from such singular spaces, with their characters and also with their objects, lights, tones … – that produces varied sensations through a range that goes from dream-hallucinations to horror and beauty.
– Ana Rodríguez Fischer, Babelia
“The plot flows in an intelligent and audacious way: It surprises by the simplicity and malice about how complex technical aspects are solved. Thus, the novel traps by the fluency and forcefulness of facts, the permanent humor of its narrator/character, and the picaresque intrigue on the attempts of an eccentric millionaire and a starving painter of Guadalajara to falsify a Renaissance painting to defraud European heirs.”
– Geney Beltrán, Literary critic
“A fun and entertaining story of a great literary quality”
– Milenio newspaper
I liked the novel a lot; Ave Barrera is capable of creating a very disturbing environment. The novel is delightfully written, full of revelations … Such a literary discover.
– Benjamin Prado, Todos somos sospechosos, Radio 3 (RTVE)
Perhaps to forge artwork is not an honourable work but a productive one, unless the person who does it is absorbed and ravaged by a hurricane of misunderstandings, mysteries, ambitions, ravings and adventures. All these will happen to José Federico Burgos, the main character of Too small doors. José is a gifted self-taught copyist (absorbed by an economical crisis) who accepts an offer from an eccentric antique dealer to forge a Renaissance painting by Flemish artist Mabuse, with which they intend to defraud a rich European family. What Jose does not know is that the task is virtually impossible because the painting is of huge proportions and is enclosed in a dark diminutive chapel part of the dealer´s mansion. While José goes deeper in the work, he must unravel shady secrets of the dealer´s family, thus triggering a complex intrigue which will take him beyond the limits of reason until face pain, renunciation and death. The daring plot of Too small doors and its intelligent humour take us in a natural way to the world behind painting creation while paying homage to Luis Barragan´s arquitecture and Juan Rulfo´s writing.