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Mouthful of Birds by Samanta Schweblin

Mouthful of Birds

Mouthful of Birds by Samanta Schweblin
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Jan 08, 2019 | 240 Pages
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Praise for Mouthful of Birds

“The Grimm brothers and Franz Kafka pay a visit to Argentina in Samanta Schweblin’s darkly humorous tales of people who have slipped through cracks or fallen down holes into alternate realities.”
—JM Coetzee

Praise for Fever Dream

2017 International Man Booker Prize finalist

“To call Schweblin’s novella eerie and hallucinatory is only to gesture at its compact power; the fantastical here simply dilates a reality we begin to accept as terrifying and true…. Schweblin’s book is suffused with haunting images and big questions.” —New York Times Book Review

“Samanta Schweblin’s electric story reads like a Fever Dream.” —Vanity Fair

“I picked up Fever Dream in the wee hours, and a low, sick thrill took hold of me as I read it. I was checking the locks in my apartment by page thirty. By the time I finished the book, I couldn’t bring myself to look out the windows…. [T]he genius of Fever Dream is less in what it says than in how Schweblin says it, with a design at once so enigmatic and so disciplined that the book feels as if it belongs to a new literary genre altogether.” —Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker

“A nauseous, eerie read, sickeningly good.” —Emma Cline, The Girls

“Subtle, dreamy and indelibly creepy.” —The Economist (Best Books of 2017)

“Never have I ever been so afraid to read a book right before bed” —Marie Claire

“A spare, hypnotic literary page-turner.” —O, The Oprah Magazine

“Mesmerizing… Schweblin, though, is an artist of remarkable restraint… Schweblin renders psychological trauma with such alacrity that the conceit of a poisoned environment feels almost beside the point.” —The Washington Post

“This small debut novel packs a mighty, and lingering, punch…. [A] compact, but explosive, package. Schweblin delivers a skin-prickling masterclass in dread and suspense…. With virtuoso skill, well served in Megan McDowell’s finely textured translation, Schweblin fuses a study in maternal anxiety with an ecological horror story. She refracts both strands through the eerie prism of her narrative, almost as if Henry James had scripted a disaster movie about toxic agribusiness.” —The Economist

“Elusiveness takes a terrifyingly creepy form in this dazzling short novel.” —NPR

“Unsettling… [T]he novel represents a perfect marriage of form and subject, in which its narrative instability — which is so of the literary moment — viscerally recreates the insecurities of life in the Argentine countryside today…. [Schweblin] has found ways to electrify and destabilize the physical world… [Fever Dream is] the scariest of all things: a ghost story that is, in essence, true.” —Los Angeles Times

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