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A woman returns to the rundown suburb of Buenos Aires her family once called home. From the safety of her window, she watches as a teenage prostitute raises her five-year-old son on the street. They sleep outside, surrounded by pimps and addicts, psychopaths and dealers, worshippers of the occult and corrupt police., One day, the mother and the dirty kid are gone, and the dismembered body of a child is found in the neighbourhood. Is the murder part of a satanic ritual, or a gangland killing? Could it be the dirty kid, and if so, is his mother a victim too; or an accomplice; or his killer?Thrilling and terrifying, The Things We Lost in the Fire takes the reader into a world of Argentine Gothic: of sharp-toothed children; of women racked by desire; of demons who lurk beneath the river; of stolen skulls and secrets half-buried under Argentina's terrible dictatorship; of men imprisoned in their marriages, whose only path out lies in the flames.

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'Teeming with death, sex and the macabre, this short-story collection by one of Argentina's rising literary talents might best be described as Buenos Aires gothic' -- Financial Times, Best Books for Summer

'Enriquez's stories are not only supremely important, but addictive and joyfully grotesque... Born from the scars of a nation, they will leave a lasting mark on you' -- Skinny
'Beautiful but savage... [Enriquez] gives the best horror stories a run for their money, but reminded me most strongly of Daphne du Maurier's terrifying Don't Look Now... This is the best short story collection I have read this year' -- National

'Enriquez's exquisite short stories [are] unsettling and haunting, [...] engaging and compelling. The author has the knack of knowing exactly when each story should be broken off, leaving the reader pondering but also greedy to start the next' -- New Internationalist

'These spookily clear-eyed, elementally intense stories are the business. I find myself no more able to defend myself from their advances than Enriquez's funny, brutal, bruised characters are able to defend themselves from life as it's lived'-- --Helen Oyeyemi

'Mariana Enriquez is a mesmerizing writer who demands to be read. Like Bolano, she is interested matters of life and death, and her fiction hits with the force of a freight train. The Dirty Kid is one of the most memorable and brave stories I've read in years. It lingers in the mind for weeks, and redefined my sense of Buenos Aires, a city I love dearly -- Dave Eggers

'When I read Mariana Enriquez's stories, I forget where I am. I miss my subway stop. I hold my breath. Her fiction is that pulse-racingly superb, that electric and original. Mariana Enriquez is an essential voice in contemporary fiction, and The Things We Lost in the Fire will be a sensation' -- Laura van den Berg

'These stories unsettle; they disturb; they disquiet. Read them!' -- --Kelly Link

'[Full of] claustrophobic terror... This stylish and compelling collection ends with a chilling burst of violence' -- Financial Times

'Enriquez scratches satisfyingly at Argentina's underbelly' -- Newsweek

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'Things We Lost in the Fire [...] captures the spirit of the author's home country... A detailed cultural portrait and a blend of realistic fiction and fantasy, the stories feature spirits and murders, marriages happy and sad, friendships and heartaches, all against the backdrop of past and present Argentina... The author picks apart the intricacies of human relationships and lays them out on the page in a manner that is simple, but delicate... The collection is a meditation on the power of people; not only does Enriquez ask how childhood, teenage, and adult friendships work, but why they all matter... A thorough exploration of the human condition, Things We Lost in the Fire is eerie and unsettling, but strangely comfortable at the same time... This brave collection will not get lost in the fire. It will rise far above the flames' --Storgy
Biografía del autor:
MARIANA ENRIQUEZ is a novelist, journalist and short story writer from Argentina. She has published two novels, a collection of short stories as well as a collection of travel writings, Chicos que vuelven, and a novella. She is an editor at Pagina/12, a newspaper based in Buenos Aires. MEGAN MCDOWELL is a Spanish language translator whose work has been shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize. She has translated books by Alejandro Zambra, Samanta Schweblin, Gonzalo Torne, Lina Meruane, Carlos Busqued, and Mariana Enriquez. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, the ParisReview, Harper's, TinHouse, and McSweeney's. She lives in Chile.

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  • EditorialPortobello Books Ltd
  • Año de publicación2017
  • ISBN 10 1846276349
  • ISBN 13 9781846276347
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