Things We Lost in the Fire

Things We Lost in the Fire

Stories

eBook - 2017
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An arresting collection of short stories, reminiscent of Shirley Jackson and Julio Cortazar, by an exciting new international talent Macabre, disturbing, and exhilarating, Things We Lost in the Fire is a collection of short stories that use fear and horror to explore multiple dimensions of life in contemporary Argentina. From women who set themselves on fire in protest of domestic violence; to angst-ridden teenage girls, friends until death do they part; from street kids and social workers, young women bored of their husbands or boyfriends, to a nine-year-old serial killer of babies; and from a girl who pulls out her nails and eyelids in the classroom, to hikikomori, abandoned houses, black magic, northern Argentinean superstition, disappearances, crushes, heartbreak, regret, and compassion, this is a strange, surreal, and unforgettable collection that asks vital questions of the world as we know it.
Publisher: 2017
ISBN: 9780451495136
Branch Call Number: OverDrive ebook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Mar 28, 2017

From a craft point of view, the stories in this anthology are uneven. Still, this is a collection that as a totality will imprint its dark, aggressively feminist and gritty descriptions of the slums in Buenos Aires on the reader. Many of the images and themes are hard to take; for example, in the title story.

In interviews, Mariana Enriquez readily admits to her fascination with the dark side. Almost all stories touch on death and the living dead. Ghosts abound, including the spirits of Argentina’s Disappeared.

My favorites: “Spiderweb” (published in The New Yorker last year) and “No Flesh over Our Bones.”

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