How long does physical love last? Does infidelity always imply disloyalty? Is promiscuity within the couple licit? For Irene, the protagonist of Luisgé Martín latest novel, One Hundred Nights physical love, passion, lasts just that, a hundred nights. Or a hundred coitus, to be more precise. The protagonist says that, after that number, everything is predictable and ordinary. “Desire does not disappear, but disturbance does. Pleasure does not disappear, but amazement does”.
One Hundred Nights (Luisgé Martín). Herralde Novel Prize 2020
Cien noches is a daring novel, explicit in terms of sex, in which the different forms of love and sexual behaviour are explored. But One Hundred Nights also invites sentimental reflection and tackles themes such as loyalty, infidelity, unspeakable desires and the deceptions that envelop our relationships. Subjects we don’t like to talk about openly.
Review of the book ‘One Hundred Nights’, the human being and infidelity
Approximately half of all human beings confess to being unfaithful to their partner. One Hundred Nights is an anthropological experiment: to investigate this “other half” without their consent in order to draw up reliable statistics on sexual behaviour in our societies. Luisgé Martín uses science, through his protagonist, to analyse relationships, sexuality, promiscuity and infidelity. Irene, as part of her academic training, studies work on the sexual behaviour of rats, experiments from which data on the fidelity or promiscuity of mammals can be inferred. Young, beautiful and from a wealthy family, Irene, obsessed with investigating these behaviours in humans as well, embarks on a journey that will lead her to experiment herself by becoming a girlfriend, wife, lover and even a prostitute.
In addition, One Hundred Nights incorporates a series of adultery dossiers written, as a game and at the author’s request, by the writers Edurne Portela, Manuel Vilas, Sergio del Molino, Lara Moreno and José Ovejero. If One Hundred Nights is about promiscuity in love, then promiscuity in literature could not be missing.
About the author Luisgé Martín
Luis García Martín, Luisgé Martín, holds a degree in Hispanic philology from the Complutense University of Madrid. He has been awarded the Ramón Gómez de la Serna Prize for narrative, the Antonio Machado and Vargas Llosa Prizes for short stories, and the Llanes Travel Prize. In Anagrama he has published the novels La mujer de sombra, La misma ciudad, La vida equivocada and the autobiographical book el amor del revés.
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