Accompanying her mother for neurological exams, the narrator of this book recognizes the images of brain activity projected on the monitor as similar to the celestial images one is familiar with. From that finding, Nona Fernández begins in this, her first narrative essay, to scrutinize the mechanisms of planetary and human memory. Taking note of everything she reads, observes and thinks, in the manner of an exploratory Voyager space probe, Fernández links these records to her own history and that of her country. How the stars and people remember are questions that lead to wonder how societies remember, and how they forget. These questions are addressed with the wisdom and passion that characterize all of her work.
“A work … about the fragility and importance of memories as the threads that shape our personal and social identities.” – El Mercurio
“Nona Fernández climbs up to the stars to search for the roots of memory. The entire universe turns into the canvas for the memory of all of us.” – Leonardo Sanhueza
“Her words vibrate in her writing, just as the constellations shine from the sky.” – Revista ROSA
180 pages – Original Language: Spanish (Penguin Random House 2019) – Foreign Editions: World English (Graywolf Press, 2023), Italian (Gran Via, 2021)