Things We Lost in the Fire

Things We Lost in the Fire

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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 Cortázar, 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.

Title:Things We Lost in the Fire
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780451495112
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    Things We Lost in the Fire Reviews

  • Emily May

    “What do you know about what really goes on around here, mamita? You live here, but you’re from a different world.” 3 1/2 stars. ^This is exactly how this whole book feels. I recognise the wo...

  • Roxane

    Quite a compelling collection of short stories--quiet, gothic horrors really that exemplify the complexities, the small and great tragedies of the human condition. Quite a sharp edge in these stories ...

  • Edward Lorn

    There's not a single bad story in this collection. Some stories outshine others, but they are all engaging and unsettling. Stories like "The Neighbor's Courtyard" and "End of Term" are insidious. They...

  • Fran

    Ghosts, supernatural events, disappearances and revenge. "Things We Lost in the Fire" has it all. Focusing on myths and legends and set in the slums of Argentina, twelve eerie short stories aim to pul...

  • PorshaJo

    Yikes! What a creepy, gruesome, macabre read. This one is a series of 12 short stories. The stories are told from unnamed cities in Argentina. The stories really are all over the place. From murder, t...

  • Esil

    Things We Lost in the Fire is an awfully dark collection of short stories. These macabre stories are all set in contemporary Argentina. Many stories have a touch of unreality -- suggestions of ghosts ...

  • Amalia Gkavea

    ‘’The gaucho is good,’’ he said. ‘’But the other one isn’t.’’ He said it in a quiet voice, looking at the candles. ‘’What other one?’’, I asked. ‘’The skeleton’’, ...

  • Taryn

    3.5 Stars. Twelve macabre short stories set in Argentina. It's very dark and disturbing.We all walk over bones in this city, it’s just a question of making holes deep enough to reach the buried dead...

  • Zoeytron

    Copy furnished by Net Galley for the price of a review.A macabre anthology of tales of madness, and of going mad. Stinking goats with red eyes, an abandoned house with a voice that tells its own stori...

  • Blair

    Pandemic rereads #6It's hard to believe it's been three years since I first read Things We Lost in the Fire. I don't have much to add to my original review below, but this reread has made me bump it u...