The seduction: Sara Torres

the seduction

the seduction

the seduction is a lesbian novel written by poetess and Spanish author Sara Torres. The work was published on April 4, 2024 by Reservoir Books, and has become a media revolution, escorted by those who have never felt comfortable with the customary thinking of hetero society. At the presentation of the book, happiness was noted for a paradigm shift.

It is possible that neither the author nor her team knew what this would do to viewers, but It is evident that an air of transformation is creeping into the atmosphere as far as the emotional novel is concerned.: one that speaks about the desire of human beings, as well as their need to connect and feel loved and understood by others, the intimacy they long for.

Synopsis of the seduction

The approach to the ethereal of desire

The novel begins, precisely, with a wish: A young photographer contacts a writer twenty years older than her in order to take her portraits. while she works on her next novel, the seduction. After exchanging several emails, the author invites her to spend a few days at her house, a small farmhouse on the coast of Catalonia.

However, upon arrival, nothing is as expected, since the host behaves distantly and does not allow the portraits she had promised to be taken. In the face of palpable rejection, the photographer begins to take mental images of her new muse, feeding the anxiety about his feelings and the desire that this enigmatic woman produces in him, who hints at him more than she shows him.

The body you want

Coexistence inside the farmhouse is tense, everything seems to be arranged for pleasure: the setting, the food, the music and the conversations, but there is something in the air that stifles progress. Could it be disgust with one's own body? The denial of female desire, which has been imposed on women since ancient times? Nothing makes sense and, at the same time, everything is possible.

Around, The situation becomes even more rigid when Greta, a friend of the writer, appears. with whom she seems to share a friendship with diffuse limits that borders on eroticism. In the middle, what saves the protagonists is the very discovery of the body, what femininity means, and the full execution of a sweetness that is hidden behind the most anodyne acts.

What is the message behind the seduction?

This may sound redundant, but, In principle, this book talks about seduction, although from the very definition of the term. In this sense, what is seduction? It all goes back to Latin, with the word “seducere”, which, in turn, comes from the Indo-European root “ducere”, which means “to guide” or “to lead”. Consequently, the seducer is someone who knows what he wants and imposes his desire.

Frequently, the seduced person turns out to be a more naive person, who generally does not know what is going to happen. According to the author, in heterosexual relationships there are only two forms of seduction depending on who exercises it: men are strategists who plan and conquer, women are sirens who hypnotize and envelop. In this scheme, gays do not exist.

A new version of seduction

For Sara Torres, It was necessary to spread a different seduction strategy, one where the path was not taken only by one of the two parties, but by both. Specifically, lesbian relationships, par excellence, have characteristics that invite self-discovery supported by the tenderness of their participants, who tend to support each other in intimacy.

The writer has openly said: “I believe that lesbian writing, if allied with seduction, manages to transform the world, the order of things, with desire. There “Seduction is an unexpected and very powerful political tool.” The novel presents a story about enjoyment, flesh and the passage of time, and is told through a 32-year-old photographer and a 50-year-old writer.

How important is age in desire?

If this were a story of love and passion between a man and a woman, depending on who the narrator is, it could be a plot about domination or about learning. Nevertheless, With two women being the protagonists, the structure changes to a different place. Here the impression on bodies, self-esteem and the construction of the self and the other matter.

Is there time for desire in the age of immediacy?

Sara Torres says that, Today, seduction is linked to a kind of superficiality of postmodernity. More than ever, it is oriented towards all those images that jump out to users to generate the desire for consumption. Within this process, there is a type of immediate seduction. In contrast, we need a seduction capable of transcending time.

The path of attraction does not have to have a fixed destination, says the author. Thus, here there is no seducer who knows the path nor a seduced one who travels it: It's about two people learning and getting to know each other. Even so, and despite the high expectations due to his previous novel, some readers have not been satisfied with the execution of this volume.

About the author

Sara Torres Rodríguez de Castro was born in 1991, in Gijón, Spain. He graduated in Spanish Language and Literature from the University of Oviedo.. Later, she completed a PhD at Queen Mary University of London with the thesis The Lesbian Text: Fetish, Fantasy and Queer BecomingsThe lesbian text. Fantasy, fetish and queer becomings—, in addition to a master's degree.

She carried out this at King's College, specializing in theories of textuality, psychoanalysis, queer studies and feminisms. The same way, The author has been a professor of cultural studies with a gender perspective at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Likewise, she has won several awards for her work, such as the Gloria Fuertes Prize for young poetry for her first novel, What there is (2022)

Other books by Sara Torres

  • The other genealogy. Torremozas (2014);
  • Spells and songs (2016);
  • Phantasmagoria (2019);
  • The bath ritual (2021);
  • What there is (2022);
  • dog wish (2023);
  • the seduction (2024)

collective books

  • Dear Theresa (2022)

Participation in anthologies

  • Another way of smelling (2020)

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