Previously published in: French (Seuil) and Italian (Atmospheri Libri).
Deseo de ser punk / Desire to Be Punk
Novel , 2009
Something happened to Martina on the 4th of December. Since then, she’s been seeking fury, attitude or anything else to stay true to her code. She’s sixteen and has nowhere to belong, but finds the beginnings of a story in rock & roll while Alice Cooper watches from the rooftops, when punk is a state of mind, and hurting oneself doesn’t mean admitting the people responsible for all this are right. Quite the contrary: it proves there are people who aren’t afraid to lose something in order to live.
“Belén Gopegui returns to fiction with a generational novel, Deseo de ser punk. And she does so by appealing to that evocative magnitude usually found in the best rock lyrics and melodies.” J. Ernesto Ayala-Dip, El País
“Outstanding psychological portrait of an adolescent girl, for which I find no comparison in our fiction of the past few decades.” Ricardo Senabre, El Mundo
“The touching story of Martina, a cocktail of The Catcher in the Rye and punk, results in a realistic, well-accomplished novel, committed to a sacrificed generation.” Livres d’Hebdo
“In this coming-of-age novel, written in the form of a musical journey, Belén Gopegui draws a bittersweet portrait of a generation devoid of points of reference, with no hope of a bright future.” Transfuge