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Historical horror, supernatural stories, and a gentle gem: three books reviewed

Jenny Erpenbeck, Visitation, tr. Susan Bernofsky (Portobello Books) Mariana Enriquez, Things We Lost in the Fire, tr. Megan McDowell (Portobello Books) Leonard and Hungry Paul, Rónán Hession (Bluemoose Books) Jenny Erpenbeck, Visitation, translated from the German by Susan Bernofsky (Portobello… Continue Reading

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Haunting and hypnotic short stories: Samanta Schweblin, Mouthful of Birds

Translated from the Spanish by Megan McDowell (OneWorld, forthcoming February 2019) Acclaimed Argentine writer Samanta Schweblin returns with this eerie collection of short stories brimming with murdered wives, abandoned brides, abject bodies, lost children, and evil spirits. Schweblin has perfected… Continue Reading

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“Something terrible will happen”: Samanta Schweblin, Fever Dream

Translated from the Spanish by Megan McDowell (Oneworld, 2017) Usually I think that the phrase “I couldn’t put it down” is just a figure of speech, but in the case of Fever Dream it sums up my reading experience. I… Continue Reading