El Gran Plan (“The Great Plan”) is read as three major plans that fail: One of love-passion, one of flight-paradise, the other aesthetic-political. They are human plans, concerning issues that affect us all, and which, for being so grandiose and probably incompatible with the banality of existence, fail.
A man and a woman without formal ties or obligations towards each other live together in a house. He abducted her from a safe and schematic life; she went with him. They are united by something stronger than love. In the Atacama desert, the woman, along with an archaeologist, an astronomer, an anthropologist and a film director, is staying in a hotel that serves as their operational base. The director has filmed the light like no one before and is determined to commit suicide so that his film will be seen by a wider audience. In Venice, the woman’s father followed the footsteps of Ezra Pound. After the father’s death, she rescues his marginal notes which tried to clarify how the ground-breaking poet was seized by the longing to preserve order ravaged by war.
El Gran Plan joins three moments of a life in a master pass. With an electrifying narrative intelligence, the new novel by Paula Perez Alonso ends with an unexpected and beautiful twist.