In a rundown apartment building, in an unnamed city in Uruguay, a father and daughter close themselves off from the world.
"The world is this house," says Clara, and the rooftop becomes their last recess of freedom. A pet canary is their only witness.
As Clara’s connection to the outside is stripped away—the neighbor who stops coming by, the lover whose existence is only known by a pregnancy—desperation and paranoia take hold. It's a stifling embrace, and we are there with her, our narrator, dreading what we know the future holds.
Considerada una de las autoras del ‘nuevo Boom de literatura latinoamericana’, Fernanda Trías (Uruguay, 1976) es sin duda una de las voces más prominentes del Río de la Plata y de América Latina. Ha publicado las novelas Cuaderno para un solo ojo (2002), La azotea ( 2001), La ciudad invencible (2014), y Mugre Rosa (2020); también la colección de cuentos No soñarás flores , nominado al Premio Hispanoamericano de Cuento Gabriel García Márquez 2017 como uno de los trece mejores libros de cuentos en habla hispana. En 2004 obtuvo la beca Unesco-Aschberg para escritores y se estableció en Francia. Así empezó un período itinerante que incluyó las ciudades de Berlín, Buenos Aires, Nueva York, Valparaíso y Bogotá, donde actualmente es profesora en la Maestría en Escrituras Creativas de la Universidad Nacional de Colombia.
Considered to be one of the authors forming part of the 'new Latin American Boom’ of women writers, Fernanda Trías (Uruguay, 1976) is without doubt one of the most prominent literary voices in today’s River Plate region and in all of Latin America. Her books have been published in Spain as well as in Colombia, Bolivia, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Mexico, and France.
Annie McDermott’s translations from Spanish and Portuguese include The Luminous Novel and Empty Words by Mario Levrero, as well as works by Fernanda Trías, Selva Almada, Ariana Harwicz, and Lídia Jorge. In 2022, she was awarded the Premio Valle-Inclán for her translation of Wars of the Interior by Joseph Zárate.
"Trías deftly turns her brief fiction into universal parable." —Shelf Awareness
"An exceptional novel." —ABC Cultural
"Like a constrictor slowly suffocating its prey, Trías already has you well within her grasp long before you even know what’s happening." —Jeremy Garber, Powell's Bookshop
"A chilling tour-de-force by one of the most exciting and subversive voices writing today in Latin America." —Morning Star
"A short and powerful read, it demands to be re-read and scrutinised." —Lunate
"what is most striking about the book is the intensity of the claustrophobia and paranoia" —The Publishing Post
"Many read Rooftop like a disturbing love story between a father and his daughter, but this novel is much more than that. It is the genesis of the themes that will be at the centre of everything that Trías would move on to write: fear, violence, loss and freedom." —WMagazín
"Masterfully written, with a simplicity and honesty that reminds us of the prose of Flannery O’Connor." —Revista de Letras
********** Praise for Fernanda Trías 'Fernanda Trías appears from the antipodes of the sterile literature currently in vogue, to show us she is one of the most interesting authors writing in Spanish today.’—Mario Levrero , author of Empty Words