Dejemos hablar al viento / Let the Wind Speak
Novel , 1979
The archetypal Onetti hero, Medina is at different time of his life a (phony) doctor, a painter, a police chief. He lives in Lavanda, across the river from Santa María, a town he is not allowed to enter and that he therefore wishes to destroy. In the end the wind speaks by devouring Santa María with its flames.
The first novel written in exile in Spain, Let the Wind Speak is Onetti coming to terms with his exclusion form the Santa Marias of his childhood, his first sexual conquests, his first cigarettes, his first double whiskys. A lover's bitter lament –it ends in the destruction of the object of adoration.