“The pop warbler has not died”: an experimental novel close to reality and far from high culture

“The pop warbler has not died” written by Criseida Santos Guevara

The novel “The pop queen is not dead”, written by Criseida Santos Guevara, tells the story of Lupe, a lesbian who lives between Houston and Monterrey in constant pursuit of a stable salary; on one of those trips she meets Agnes, a Chilean immigrant, obsessed with Hispanic art, who gives the protagonist a job in Houston. Lupe becomes a rap singer, whose dream is frustrated after being involved in a scandal for the theft of a song from Eminemafter falling into oblivion.

“The pop warbler is not dead” is the story told by her own Lupewho is determined to write the great Mexican lesbian novel From her point of view, as a closetera machorra, coming from a precarious territory, but rich in culture.

It is a text that rescues the strength, character and guts of Lupe, despite all the negative things he has heard from others or his embarrassing disappointment in love; but she does not know how to keep anything to herself and her need arises to document her decline in her tailspin, from fame to her position as a call center operator, unrequited love and support that she found in pop music.

lines written by Santos Guevara they portray that history of decadence in a burlesque manner and with a narration full of black humor. “The pop warbler is not dead” he won Short Literature Award in 2013, when its author was attending a bilingual writing workshop at the University of Texas. Finally, the story becomes an amazing journey between music and the madness of an extroverted young woman, which is framed in the real stories of people who live the transition of borders; it is also an evocation of the dreams of youth and the shocks of reality in the transition to maturity.

“The pop warbler has not died” written by Criseida Santos Guevara
“The pop warbler has not died” written by Criseida Santos Guevara

It is a contemporary novel of current affairs. writing of Criseida Santos Guevarareferences scandalous passages and a series of musical themes that contextualize the history of Lupe. The author places the temporality of this work during the war against drug trafficking promoted by Philip Calderon, former president of Mexico; By contextualizing a political situation, it also becomes a glimpse of the panorama of those years in a society that denied sexual diversity, contrary to how these issues were carried out in the center of the country, and makes visible the problems that have been dragging on until now.

It is a story that recycles the characteristics of heteronormative stories, through experimental prose and various moments of skepticism: Lupe he does not manage to write Monterrey with M de Machorra, he does not become a rap legend and much less a Perez Reverte, is an unfinished plot that parodies the codes of literary successes, with finished endings; is not an exercise in feminist lesbian realism, it lacks conceptual constructions and the use of sophisticated theories, but it moves away from the stories of the past and high culture to find in Lupe a dose of realistic fun.

The pop warbler, in essence, is not a reflection of deep thoughts, it is just the voice of Lupe doing what she knows how to do best, talking about her in pop references, from the conquest of rights LGBT+ and, above all, change the stigmas that are held about the city that loves roast beef.

Cirseida Santos Guevara received honorable mention from Border of Words Binational Young Novel Award (Border of words) in 2008, for its title in English “Rhyme & Reason”; He also has other published novels such as “Monterrey 24″, “The Queens are normal people” Y “I saved you a bullet”.


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“The pop warbler has not died”: an experimental novel close to reality and far from high culture