Leonora Carrington’s The Hearing Trumpet (soon to be re-printed by @nytbooks) is a wild novella, packing a lot of action in mere 150 pages. It refuses to be boxed into one genre; it’s fantasy, thriller, crime-novel, science-fiction and dystopia all in one.
Does it come as a surprise that this Surrealist artist gives us a tale way ahead of its time? Being written in the 60s, it lacks the lingo to describe queer identities in its full range, but that doesn’t mean we won’t find such characters among the quirky ladies of this retirement home.
It’s hard to define but this is a story about feminism, empowerment in your later days, a satire on organized religion (Catholicism in particular) and a very funny one at that.
I truly enjoyed it and I’m looking forward to reading more by her.