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Human Sacrifices (Paperback)
Human Sacrifices is a wildly imaginative collection and reading it was perhaps the most haunting experience of my literary life. Consider this my top spooky season recommendation, although expect less "spooky" and more gothic, social, and existential horror. [Adrienne]— From Human Sacrifices
A groundbreaking voice in contemporary Latin American literature, Mar a Fernanda Ampuero's writing is "raw and savage" as she confronts machismo, inequity, and violence in this acclaimed short story collection (Vistazo).
An undocumented woman answers a job posting only to find herself held hostage, a group of outcasts obsess over boys drowned while surfing, and an unhappy couple finds themselves trapped in a terrifying maze. With scalpel-like precision, Ampuero considers the price paid by those on the margins so that the elite might lounge comfortably, considering themselves safe in their homes.
Simultaneously terrifying and exquisite, Human Sacrifices is "tropical gothic" at its finest--decay and oppression underlie our humid and hostile world, where working-class women and children are consistently the weakest links in a capitalist economy. Against this backdrop of corrosion and rot, these twelve stories contemplate the nature of exploitation and abuse, illuminating the realities of those society consumes for its own pitiless ends.