Daniela Viviani (Santiago de Chile, 1983) is a writer, content creator and illustrator specialized in content for women, as well as children and youth-related topics.
In 2010, she published Cabralesa, ¿conoces alguna? (2010) and Cabralesa, ¡nunca cambies! (2012), both comic books that reached great acceptance among female public and are also available in catalogue for Chilean public libraries. But, despite this promising signs, Daniela insisted on drawing. Under the pseudonym Cabralesa, she published at online newspaper Eldefinido.cl a comic-strip on throughout the year 2014 and collaborated in graphic novel Corazón Nerd (2016) . Maldita Jefa soon caught the attention of Planeta Chile. Daniela realized that writing was her true passion.
In 2019, she published her second novel entitled Luisa 1912: Feminista del Chile Centenario. With women as protagonists and themes marked by humor, love and social justice (following the example of her beloved Sailor Moon created by Naoko Takeuchi), Daniela loves to write and intends to live the rest of her life creating entertaining and inspiring stories for women and men of all the world.
In Chile, when a girl is absent-minded or a bit clumsy, her friends and relatives refers to her as “sillygirl”, a concept that was chosen as the title for this comic that narrates the experiences of four young Chilean girls; Noelia, Bárbara, Bernardita, and Fran.
With an engaging, amusing and period-appropriate writing, “Luisa 1912” transports us to the Chilean Belle Époque in all its splendor and immerses us in the story of a brilliant young woman who will have to go through disappointments, lies and life’s hardships to find the path to her freedom.
Luisa Clementina will turn twenty-three years old and, for the society she lives in, she will soon become a woman whose youth came to be a treasure she could not take advantage of or, as her family would say, a sad and pathetic old spinster.
Tired of living under the rules of a father that does not let pursuit her dream of studying medicine, Luisa will rebel and renounce to her hot tub baths, the rice powders that hide her dark complexion and the delicacies prepared by maids, in order to get what she has been denied so much. Disguised as a working class man, she will discover a classist and imminently masculine world where women have no voice nor vote. Fortunately, she will cross paths with Víctor Viviani, an Italian businessman, and his uncle Eulalio, who will offer her their help to clandestinely take the exam she needs to get into university.
“I could see that mouth which had not yet experienced the passion of a kiss, that womb which had not yet begot with life under the cotton nightgown. In four days it will be February 24 th , I would turn twenty-three years of age and I would most definitely become that type of woman whose treasure had never being seized: a spinster”.
While deep discontent affects the saltpetre miners of northern Chile, twins Victor and Luisa Carvajal dream of traveling to the great Santiago to continue their plan to study and thus glimpse a prosperous future in the business world. Unfortunately, the lack of resources that affect the family only allows for the journey of one: Victor. Luisa, confined to domestic life and overwhelmed by the news that her parents have communicated to her, finds no greater consolation than to seek work as a lunch counter, a trade exercised exclusively by men. Being aware of her condition as a woman, young Luisa will borrow her brother's clothes and disguise herself secretly to find the remote possibility of freedom. However, what begins as innocent role-playing will set in motion a progression-first slow and then irreversible-that will leave behind the witty and incisive Luisa she believed herself to be.
Set in the midst of the workers' conflict that culminates in the Santa María School massacre, Victor 1907 is a moving and epic story of a woman ahead of her time. A brave and passionate novel where Daniela Viviani portrays the voice of an exceptional character who is at the same time fragile and revolutionary.
“My dear brother, while in the great city your little eyes are filled with colors, mine are recreated with the same landscape of every morning and the same monotony seems to affect those around me. Won't these souls feel like waking up and doing something different from what they are used to? What would I pay to see men stuck in the kitchen and women with shovels in their hands! I hope that soon my gaze will atrophy so I don't need to care about what is in front of me anymore”.