Each one of these short stories causes a jolt. The eleven stories that make up Adormecer a los felices are all tough and have the soul of the frontier, be it geographic, emotional or literary. The characters are apprentices to pornographers, museum guards, vile writers, eloquent gangsters and other flâneurs who wander around the world in search of a revelation or a hot dish of lentils, whatever comes their way first. On this journey, where we find echoes of Bolaño and Arlt, something is lost: a certain deceiving calmness which disintegrates piece by piece, along with melancholy and dark humor, before the reader’s very eyes.
Adormecer a los felices is the return of Diego Trelles Paz to short fiction and his first book after Bioy, the novel awarded with the Premio Francisco Casavella in 2012 and finalist for the Premio Rómulo Gallegos one year after.