La Grande: Novel Excerpt --- Juan José Saer | Numéro Cinq
In this excerpt. Nula (five years before the major events of the novel) has been swept up in a strange, sordid relationship with a married couple, Lucia and Riera. For months, Lucia fondles Nula on the couch with her husband's permission, but she refuses to bring him to orgasm or have intercourse with him. Still, Nula is mesmerized, and progressively becomes a puppet to this couple, until, in a heart-cringing scene, Lucia and Riera have sex on the bed while Nula watches television on the floor. ---Richard Farrell