Antonio Ortuño On:
The Woman Who Wouldn’t by Jorge Ibargüengoitia
The urgency of carnal desire is one of the central themes of literature. From Song of Songs to the tedious (but bestselling) 50 Shades of Grey, desire has been a literary theme for all seasons, ranging from the subtle to the grotesque (one thinks of the juicy coitus found in texts by Bocaccio, Rabelais, Casanova, Sade, Bataille, Miller, Nin, Alina Reyes…). ‘The Woman Who Wouldn’t’ is a playful violation of the universal laws of literary desire. From the satirical (and deeply self-deprecating) pen of Jorge Ibargüengoitia, this little story is a tour de force description of a deeply flawed attempt at seduction, foiled by the incompetence of the seducer and the capriciousness of the seduced. A failure that will inevitably send a tingle of familiarity down our spines and leave a rueful smile on our lips.