…is a psychological realist whose ten novels, beginning with his precocious start at age fifteen about rebellious adolescence, span a range of subjects: from the aftermath of a sudden confrontation with death in Fearless, the collapse of cherished ideologies in Dr. Neruda’s Cure For Evil, a lifelong relationship in the award winning A Happy Marriage, and now to the long term effects of child sexual abuse in The Wisdom of Perversity. He has brought a similar focus on how people struggle to reconcile past trauma to their present lives in his five produced screenplays, beginning with his adaptation of Fearless.
The Wisdom of Perversity
“‘Childhood was the ideal soft metal for the permanent engravings of evil.’ This beautifully, bleakly precise statement occurs early in Rafael Yglesias’s painful and candid new novel about the consequences, seemingly irremediable, of childhood sexual molestation… The Wisdom of Perversity bravely dramatizes and confronts these issues. Here is the antithesis of Nabokov’s Lolita…Yglesias has known the real thing, and has chosen not to refashion it into anything other than itself.”