“Trafalgar”, by Angélica Gorodischer

Fiction, 1979

Tales of the mythic-like character Trafalgar, who recalls travels in time and space, in different planets and situations. Interesting, quirky and something which works well, even if the narrative third-party retelling can feel as samey as Trafalgar’s addiction to thick black coffee and thick black cigarettes. Some of the stories are better than others, inevitably, though by the end, there’s a nice pace and flow to the book as a whole. When the stories work well, there are genuine shock moments; though with others, there’s a slight feeling of impatience, which can be a little off-putting. By no means mainline science-fiction, but an interesting take.

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