The Houseguest: And Other Stories
Amparo Dávila

The Houseguest: And Other Stories

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Translated from the Spanish by Audrey Harris & Matthew Gleeson

Like those of Kafka, Poe, Leonora Carrington, or Shirley Jackson, Amparo Dávila’s stories are terrifying, mesmerizing, and expertly crafted—you’ll finish each one gasping for air.

With acute psychological insight, Dávila follows her characters to the limits of desire, paranoia, insomnia, and fear. She is a writer obsessed with obsession, who makes nightmares come to life through the everyday: loneliness sinks in easily like a razor-sharp knife, some sort of evil lurks in every shadow, delusion takes the form of strange and very real creatures. After reading The Houseguest—Dávila’s debut collection in English—you’ll wonder how this secret was kept for so long.

 

*RIFFRAFF STAFF PICK* "Somewhere between Shirley Jackson and Franz Kafka, these stories are strange, surreal, absurd, and suspend reality. A total delight from one of Mexico's most criminally overlooked female writers." -Emma

Full Description
Published by: New Directions
Translated by: Matthew Gleeson
Translated by: Audrey Harris
Pub date: 11/27/2018
Binding type: Paperback
Pages: 144
ISBN: 9780811228213
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  • Description

    Translated from the Spanish by Audrey Harris & Matthew Gleeson

    Like those of Kafka, Poe, Leonora Carrington, or Shirley Jackson, Amparo Dávila’s stories are terrifying, mesmerizing, and expertly crafted—you’ll finish each one gasping for air.

    With acute psychological insight, Dávila follows her characters to the limits of desire, paranoia, insomnia, and fear. She is a writer obsessed with obsession, who makes nightmares come to life through the everyday: loneliness sinks in easily like a razor-sharp knife, some sort of evil lurks in every shadow, delusion takes the form of strange and very real creatures. After reading The Houseguest—Dávila’s debut collection in English—you’ll wonder how this secret was kept for so long.

     

    *RIFFRAFF STAFF PICK* "Somewhere between Shirley Jackson and Franz Kafka, these stories are strange, surreal, absurd, and suspend reality. A total delight from one of Mexico's most criminally overlooked female writers." -Emma