Written with the enthusiasm of who publishes his first literary work, the eleven stories that embody A promenade in the darkness bring up an interesting itinerary through common situations that show—in the traditional way—a remarkable deep dark side; sensations that allow get deeper inside the characters and get to the intimacy of the own human existence, letting an open door for hope to whom may want to choose the light as a path to follow.
If we consider the idea of darkness existing because of light, Gonzalo Villagra achieves this in articulating in his narrative that necessary ambivalence, the mutual existence obliged and contradictory, conflictive and simple at the same time.
“A promenade in the darkness” outlines daily situations as a trip in a cab, a fishing day or the relationship among neighbours; however, that external quietness, after a narrative turn becomes a disaster, desolation and agony. The stories explore dark spaces of pain that mitigate themselves with love and hope. The characters, being simple at the beginning, turn into complex ones, drowning in their own deeds, getting hurt with their behaviours, showing the own labyrinths of the human spirit built in each decision made in life.
A variety of plots give birth to the surface of the stories, allowing us to get to a common spot: the deep, a place where the limits are not traced at all, where the right and wrong permanently negotiate.
It is impossible not to get trapped in the webs of this book, in those zones of contact where our inner self is provoked.
Gabriela Bressan Camps (communication scientist and journalist, University of Buenos Aires)