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ISBN-10: 1999859308
ISBN-13: 9781999859305
Publisher: Charco Press
Publish Date: 12/03/2019
Dimensions: 7.70" L, 5.10" W, 0.80" H

Fish Soup

Translator: Charlotte Coombe

Paperback

Price: $15.95

Overview

…a gorgeous, blackly humorous look into the lives of Colombians struggling to find their place in society, both at home and abroad.” –Publishers Weekly, starred reviewIn two novellas and seven short stories, Fish Soup blends cynicism and beauty with a rich vein of dark humour.Waiting for a Hurricane follows a girl obsessed with escaping both her life and her country. Emotionally detached from her family, and disillusioned with what the future holds if she remains, she takes ever more drastic steps to achieve her goal, seemingly oblivious to the damage she is causing both herself and those around her. Worse Things offers snapshots of lives in turmoil, frayed relationships, family taboos, and rejection of and by society. And Sexual Education examines the attempts of a student to tally the strict doctrine of abstinence taught at her school with the very different moral norms that prevail in her social circles.At once blunt and poetic, Garcia Robayo delves into the lives of her characters, simultaneously evoking sympathy and revulsion, challenging the reader’s loyalties throughout the remarkable universe that is Fish Soup.

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Reviews

Casa de las Américas Prize (Winner)
Society of Authors Valle-Inclán Prize (Shortlist)

García Robayo's prose bristles with restrained energy and a wry humour which captures the disaffection of her characters. –The Times Literary Supplement

[Fish Soup] is a gorgeous, blackly humorous look into the lives of Colombians struggling to find their place in society, both at home and abroad. –Publishers Weekly, starred review

A remarkable genre-bending effort. –The Guardian

The tackiness of the Caribbean coast and its discontents are marvellously rendered. –The Times Literary Supplement

If you're a fan of Ottessa Moshfegh or Melissa Broder, then this is for you. –The Guardian

An evocative collection that conveys the potency of desire in even the most ordinary lives. –Kirkus

García Robayo is building one of the most solid and interesting oeuvres in Latin American literature. –Juan Cárdenas, author of ORNAMENTAL

Her stories combine the atmosphere of Desperate Housewives, Hemingway's iceberg theory and a memorable, bittersweet ending. –Jorge Carrión, author of BOOKSHOPS

Margarita shows sharp insight into contemporary life. Her voice speaks with surreptitious irony and sophisticated psychological perception. She is the creator of an exceptional poetics of displacement. –Juan Villoro, author of THE WITNESS

There are very few writers who can challenge expectations the way Margarita García Robayo does. Margarita is simply one of the best of the new generation that respects, yet no longer identifies with, the Latin American Boom. –Mariana Enríquez, author of THINGS WE LOST IN THE FIRE

This is a text written from within the belly of the beast. (...) One of the most essential books of the year. –Asymptote

García Robayo's prose is concise and startling, her voice versatile and capable of packing a serious punch. –LA Review of Books

One of the most potent figures of contemporary Latin American literature. –ABC Cultural

Full of everyday details that reveal the most vulnerable aspects of feminine subjectivity. –La Nación

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Praise for Margarita García Robayo

Biblioteca de Narrativa Colombiana Prize (Finalist)

García Robayo writes with caustic insight, brittle humour and a fair whack of cynicism (...) Holiday Heart is brilliant. –The Guardian

Understated, lyrical, and delivers its insights by means of acute observation. (5 stars) –The Arts Desk

Cunningly well achieved. –Irish Times

Holiday Heart is a poignant and searing story of love ending. –Gutter Magazine

Coombe's translation brilliantly captures the bite in García Robayo's humour. –iNews

One of Colombia's greatest living writers. –The Monthly Booking

Brilliantly dramatises the disjunction between an idealized picture of life like sitting on a sunny beach and the reality of that life like getting sand caught in your teeth. –Lonesome Reader

Best Fiction Books of 2017 –New York Times (Español)

Darkly funny throughout, this examination of two lives will stay with you long after you read the final words and lay the book down. –Lunate

Every sentence in the book seems to be written with a scalpel infused with acid. –Morning Star

Acute, provocative, concise and raw. –Translating Women

An incredibly insightful portrayal of a disintegrating marriage...provides a sharp-eyed view of estrangement and personal identity. –Book Riot

Frightening, alluring, and inescapable. –Books and Bao

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Details

ISBN-10: 1999859308
ISBN-13: 9781999859305
Publisher: Charco Press
Publish Date: 12/03/2019
Dimensions: 7.70" L, 5.10" W, 0.80" H
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