Things We Lost in the Fire

Things We Lost in the Fire

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Book - 2017
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In these wildly imaginative, devilishly daring tales of the macabre, internationally bestselling author Mariana Enriquez brings contemporary Argentina to vibrant life as a place where shocking inequality, violence, and corruption are the law of the land, while military dictatorship and legions of desaparecidos loom large in the collective memory. In these stories, reminiscent of Shirley Jackson and Julio Cortazar, three young friends distract themselves with drugs and pain in the midst a government-enforced blackout; a girl with nothing to lose steps into an abandoned house and never comes back out; to protest a viral form of domestic violence, a group of women set themselves on fire. But alongside the black magic and disturbing disappearances, these stories are fueled by compassion for the frightened and the lost, ultimately bringing these characters, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, into a surprisingly familiar reality. Written in hypnotic prose that gives grace to the grotesque, Things We Lost in the Fire is a powerful exploration of what happens when our darkest desires are left to roam unchecked, and signals the arrival of an astonishing and necessary voice in contemporary fiction.
Publisher: London ; New York : Hogarth, 2017
ISBN: 9780451495112
045149511X
Characteristics: 202 p. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: McDowell, Megan

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mclarjh
Jul 17, 2017

Good writing, but the youngish point of view didn't appeal to me, nor the horror theme.

LPL_KateG May 27, 2017

If you are a fan of vibrant short stories that contain elements of horror and magic, get ahold of this. I loved the descriptions of place and the eerie ways that each story skirts around the macabre. Similar reads: Ghost Summer by Tananarive Due, Filter House by Nisi Shawl, What is Not Yours is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi (but Enríquez is spookier!)

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lostintheshelves
Apr 08, 2017

These twelve short stories from a prominent Argentine author are steeped in gothic horror, often haunted by ghosts of the Dirty War and past dictatorships. They are unsettling and macabre, set in a Buenas Aires where the dangers of haunted houses and malicious specters rub shoulders with extreme poverty, drugs, pollution, and brutal violence against women and children. Most endings are deliberately unresolved. I thought "The Inn," in which a closeted teen lesbian and her crush attempt a revenge prank, only to stumble into the supernatural, was the strongest piece in the book.

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