Nominated by:

Wojewódzka i Miejska Biblioteka Publiczna, Lódz, Poland

Publisher of nominated edition:

Simon & Schuster, UK

The Woman Who Dived into the Heart of the World

Sabina Berman      

Translated from the original Spanish by Lisa Dillman

2014 Longlist

In the wake of her sister’s death, Isabelle moves from her home in California to her birthplace in Mexico to take over the running of the family tuna company. There, she discovers a wild child – a thing with no name, who turns out to be the autistic niece she never knew she had.
So she sets herself the task of turning it into a human being – a human being named Karen. To start, she tries to get her to say her first word: ‘Me’.
And then begins the greatest journey of all, as Karen learns how to become ‘Me’. It is a voyage of discovery that will take her to the bottom of the ocean, and into the heart of the world.

(From Publisher)

About the Author

Sabina Berman lives in Mexico and is a highly acclaimed playwright and screenwriter. This is her first novel

Librarian’s Comments

The novel allows us to stop our permanent run and watch the world from a quite different perspective. Some questions are suggested to the reader; maybe to reflect on yourself? What is your attitude to other people? Maybe your system of values could be considered again? The novel also indicates the problem of otherness. To be different from the rest, does it mean to be discriminated and pushed out towards the dregs of society?

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