Poso Wells — Gabriela Aleman (2007)
What it’s about: A surreal little novel using bizarre plot lines to portray a society at the mercy of corruption and exploitation.
A journalist investigates the disappearance of dozens of women in a small town in the middle of nowhere — it doesnt appear on any map – something only their families care about until a politician is also kidnapped and the state authorities spring into action.
Meanwhile, a large foreign mining company operates behind the scenes to take advantage of the chaos and secure new concessions.
A cynical and unrestrained story from the opening scene where a politician is electrocuted by dodgy wiring while standing in a puddle of his own urine, to the final scene where the mining executive leaves town in a hurry wishing to find a lone Andean mountaintop where he can exploit mines in peace, a new set of credulous inhabitants to win over.