Things We Lost in the Fire: Stories

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Hogarth, 2017 - Fiction - 202 pages
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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 Cort zar, 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.

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User Review  - wrmjr66 - LibraryThing

This was an interesting but uneven collection of stories. They had a certain creepiness that was appealing, but some of them fell a bit flat by the end. Still, Enriquez is an author I'd look for again. Read full review

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User Review  - coppers - LibraryThing

Dark and creepy short stories set in Argentina that are very well done but too disturbing for my taste. The author was compared to Shirley Jackson and George Saunders but I enjoy those authors' stories a lot more. A pretty good collection but just not for me. Read full review


The Dirty Kid
The Inn
The Intoxicated Years
Adelas House
An Invocation of the Big Eared Runt
End of Term
Things We Lost in the Fire

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About the author (2017)

Mariana Enriquez is a writer and editor based in Buenos Aires, where she contributes to a number of newspapers and literary journals, both fiction and nonfiction.

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