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Women In Translation: Things We Lost In the Fire

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For September's Women In Translation Book Club we're reading The Things We Lost in the Fire by the Argentinian novelist Mariana Enríquez, translated by Megan McDowell. What better way to return from our summer hiatus, than a good dose of searing Latin American gothic?

"Enriquez's stories are historically aware and class-conscious, but her characters never avail themselves of sentimentalism or comfort. She's after a truth more profound, and more disturbing, than whatever the strict dictates of realism allow....[P]ropulsive and mesmerizing, laced with vivid descriptions of the grotesque...and the darkest humor."--New York Times Book Review

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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A woman returns to the rundown suburb of Bunos 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?



The book club will be pretty informal in general. Like our other book clubs, Women in Translation will provide a free, friendly and gentle environment in which opinions can be shared and new appreciations discovered. There will be wine, curious minds and relaxed conversation. So come and join our warm bookish group – all are welcome.

(Readers don’t have to buy the bookclub book from the shop, however we do rely on those book sales to be able to keep the event & refreshments free; to pay our booksellers for their time prepping & running book clubs and to keep the lights on. Please do NOT buy your books from am*z*on, if you cannot afford to buy the book then PLEASE support your local library.)



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