Ornamental

Ornamental

by Juan Cárdenas

Translated by Lizzie Davis

Published by: Coffee House Press

144 Pages, 5.00 x 7.75 in

  • Paperback
  • 9781566895804
  • Published: June 2020

$16.95

A scientist recruits volunteers for the trial of a new recreational drug that exclusively affects women. Among them is “number 4,” who becomes emotionally involved with first the scientist, then his wife, a well-known visual artist in the midst of a creative crisis. The scientist is oblivious to the atrocities his new drug will bring to the city; his wife is oblivious to the superfluousness of the objects she committed her life to exhibiting in galleries and museums. Number 4’s presence pierces the couple’s complacency, gradually undoing the many certainties they’ve accumulated in their lives of ease.