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Natural Histories

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Natural Histories by Guadalupe Nettel
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Jun 16, 2015 | ISBN 9781609806057

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Praise

“Five flawless stories … Nettel creates marvelous parallels between the sorrows and follies of her human characters and the creatures they live with.” —Carmela Ciuraru, The New York Times

“The gaze [Nettel] turns on madnesses both temperate and destructive, on manias, on deviances, is so sharp that it has us seeing straight into our own obsessions.” —Xavier Houssain, Le Monde

“Guadalupe Nettel is one of the most interesting voices of the new Mexican fiction.” —J.A. Masoliver Ródenas, La Vanguardia

“Seasoned readers will delight in this literary voice, new to the landscape of Latin American literature, a voice sophisticated as it is original.” Arcadia

“Guadalupe Nettel reveals the subliminal beauty within beings of odd behavior and painstakingly examines the intimacies of her soul.” Magazine Littéraire

“It has been a long time since I’ve found in the literature of my generation a world as personal and untransferable as that of Guadalupe Nettel.” —Juan Gabriel Vásquez

“The career of this young storyteller is worth keeping an eye on. A master of style, with a marvelous poetic naturalism, her ideas and manners distinguish her from what we are accustomed to in Mexican literature.” —Joaquin Marco, El Cultural

“Beautifully translated from the Spanish by J. T. Lichtenstein, Natural Histories delivers everything you want from a short story collection. Guadalupe Nettel’s storytelling power is majestic. With an unflinching eye, time and time again, she drives readers on an exploratory safari into the heart of human nature. Funny, touching, terrifying, horrific and/or sad-you never know what you’ll find when you tentatively set out in search of potential dangers, but one thing is abundantly clear: safe in her skilled hands, each journey holds the promise of being a life changing event.” Typographical Era

“These stories are an interesting, arresting study of how their lives mirror our own.” —Gretchen Wagner, San Francisco Book Review

“One that stood out for me in particular among these very good books is Natural Histories by Guadalupe Nettel, translated by J. T. Lichtenstein. Nettel is a wonderful Mexican writer, and each of the stories in this slim collection, published by Seven Stories, takes a wry philosophical look at the relationship between people and the creatures they live with – whether a pair of pet fish or an infestation of cockroaches.” —Jonathan Lee, Electronic Literature

Table Of Contents

The Marriage of the Red Fish  11

War in the Trash Cans  41

Felina  61

Fungus  83

The Snake from Beijing  103

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