El Murmullo De Las Abejas, by Sofia Segovia

This book reveals details of the implications of the Mexican Revolution, the agrarian reform, and the terrible 1918 influenza that claimed the lives of many.

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It is worth delving into the daily life of the Morales Cortés family, Simonopio, and the bees. His daily life smells of generosity, love, empathy, loyalty, and intuition, qualities that counterbalance adversity, malice, and envy.

Sofía Segovia gives her readers a story that describes an exceptional human being: Simonopio, whose characteristics make us understand that beauty is in the soul and that love and the will to fight for life, do not always arise from physically beautiful men or women. This character can be weird because of his body defects and his relationship with bees. He is unable to communicate with words but does not need them to care for his family whom he loves and reveres.

Nana Reja, the patriarch, Beatriz, Francisco, and other endearing characters provide the reader with emotions that lead him to fluctuate between extreme joy and tears, smiles, and satisfaction.

You don't have to be Mexican to enjoy every one of the pages of MURMULLO DE LAS ABEJAS which, in the prose of Sofía Segovia, gives us anecdotes of everyday life, unforgettable images that remain forever in our memory, images in those in which life and death are naturally present, as well as the breeze, daily chores, health and illness, fear and courage, day or night.

THE WOMAN POST shares a fragment of this novel that is lived in each paragraph and in the dialogue that shows the human condition of its protagonists:

Now the husband had sent for her at dawn, alarmed by the fever of his wife. She had to be convinced to say where she felt her discomfort: her breasts. The infection manifested itself with severe pain when breastfeeding. Mastitis.

– Why didn't you tell me before, ma'am?

– Because he embarrassed me, doctor

Now the condition was very advanced. The baby did not stop crying. He had been without food for more than twelve hours because his mother could not bear to breastfeed him. He had never seen or known of a woman dying of mastitis and it was clear that Mrs. Morales was dying. Her ashen skin and that sickly glow in her eyes told the doctor that the new mother would soon give up her soul.

Dismayed, he led Mr. Morales out into the hallway.

– You need to let me examine your lady

– No, doctor. Just give her medicine.

– What medicine? The lady is dying, Mr. Morales and she has to let me find out what.

– It will be milk.

– It will be something else.

It was necessary to convince him: to promise to touch, but not to see; or see, but not touch. In the end, the husband agreed and convinced the dying woman to let her feel her breasts, and worse: let her see or touch her belly under her and between her legs. There was no need to touch anything: the intense pain in the pelvis and the purulent lochia that sprouted from the sick body heralded death.

Someday the causes of death in childbirth and the way to prevent it would be discovered, although for Mrs. Morales that day would come too late.

The author

Sofía Segovia is Mexican, born in Monterrey. Although she studied social communication, she was always passionate about literature and theater. She writes scripts and has participated in various political campaigns as an image consultant. She also coordinates literary creation workshops.

EL MURMULLO DE LAS ABEJAS, published in 2015, was chosen as Novel of the Year by Itunes and already has its tenth edition in Mexico. Other titles by this writer? On its official page, we find HURACÁN, published in August 2016 in Mexico, the United States, and Spain, and peregrinos, which was released to the international public in April 2018 and was named one of the best novels of that year by Grupo Reforma. THE PAST AS A MEMORY OF THE FUTURE (2019) is her first non-fiction book.


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