Fever Dream

Fever Dream

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"Genius." --Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker "Samanta Schweblin's electric story reads like a Fever Dream." --Vanity Fair Experience the blazing, surreal sensation of a fever dream... A young woman named Amanda lies dying in a rural hospital clinic. A boy named David sits beside her. She's not his mother. He's not her child. Together, they tell a haunting story of broken souls, toxins, and the power and desperation of family. Fever Dream is a nightmare come to life, a ghost story for the real world, a love story and a cautionary tale. One of the freshest new voices to come out of the Spanish language and translated into English for the first time, Samanta Schweblin creates an aura of strange psychological menace and otherworldly reality in this absorbing, unsettling, taut novel.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 183 pages
  • 124 x 180 x 25mm | 249g
  • Riverhead Books
  • United States
  • English
  • 0399184597
  • 9780399184598
  • 30,180

About Samanta Schweblin

Samanta Schweblin was chosen as one of the 22 best writers in Spanish under the age of 35 by Granta. She is the author of three story collections that have won numerous awards, including the prestigious Juan Rulfo Story Prize, and been translated into 20 languages. Fever Dream is her first novel. Originally from Buenos Aires, she lives in Berlin. Megan McDowell has translated books by many contemporary South American and Spanish authors, and her translations have been published in The New Yorker, Harper's, The Paris Review, McSweeney's, Words Without Borders, and Vice, among other publications. She lives in Chile.show more

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"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 Never have I ever been so afraid to read a book right before bed Marie Claire An absorbing and inventive tale... Schweblin is a fine mythmaker, singular in her own fantastical artistry. Houston Chronicle A remarkable accomplishment in literary suspense. New York Journal of Books "A taut, exquisite page-turnervibrating with existential distress and cumulative dread....While the book resides in the realm of the uncanny, its concerns are all too real. Once the top blows off Schweblin s chest of horrors, into which we d been peeking through a masterfully manipulated crack, what remains is an unsettling and significant dissection of maternal love and fear, of the devastation we ve left to the future, and of our inability to escape or control the unseen and unimagined threats all around us.In a literary thriller of the highest order, Schweblin teases out the underlying anxieties of being vulnerable and loving vulnerable creatures and of being an inhabitant of a planet with an increasingly uncertain future." Kirkus, STARRED review [A] pulsating debut Schweblin guides her reader through a nightmare scenario with amazing skill. Publishers Weekly The unique style, the quick paced rhythm and the amazingly wise and compact storytelling create a special novel that will stay in your mind long after you put this book down. Etgar Keret, author of The Seven Good Years Samanta Schweblin is a magician, and reading her work is an intense, almost physical experience. This mind-bending book sheds new light or, rather, new darkness on the intense power of love in a poisoned world. You must read it. Prepare to be mesmerized, riveted, terrified, and changed. Helen Phillips, author of The Beautiful Bureaucrat A wonderful nightmare of a book: tender and frightening, disturbing but compassionate.Fever Dreamis a triumph of Schweblin s outlandish imagination. Juan Gabriel Vasquez, author ofThe Sound of Things FallingandReputations Fever Dream is a small masterpiece, a beautiful and chillingly contemporary book. Every word throbs a kind of wisdom that can only come from a meticulous and fully engaged observation of reality. Alejandro Zambra, author of Multiple Choice and My Documents Samanta Schweblin will injure you, however safe you may feel. Jesse Ball, author of A Cure for Suicide and How to Set a Fire and Why Samanta Schweblin is one of the most promising voices in modern literature. Mario Vargas Llosa She has a unique, inventive voice, and her stories have this ability to veer off into strange and unexpected territories with sublime grace. I admire and envy this gift. Daniel Alarcon, author of At Night We Walk in Circles In spare, lucid prose, Schweblin demonstrates again and again that she knows the weight of what is left unsaid in the comings and goings of everyday life. Then, in the turn of a phrase, she forces the reader to shift perspective; she has a gift for sketching comfortable worlds and then disrupting them with images of dark, startling power. Electric Literature"show more
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