Trout Belly Up

Trout Belly Up

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In seven interconnected short stories, the Guatemalan countryside is ever-present: a place of timeless peace, and the site of sudden violence. Don Henrik, a good man struck time and again by misfortune, confronts the crude realities of farming life, family obligation, and the intrusions of merciless entrepreneurs, hitmen, drug dealers, and fallen angels, all wanting their piece of the pie. Told with precision and a stark beauty, Trout, Belly Up is a beguiling, disturbing ensemble of moments set in the heart of a rural landscape in a country where brutality is never far from the surface.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 97 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 12.7mm | 158.76g
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • No
  • 1916465617
  • 9781916465619
  • 27,788

Review quote

Gabriel Garcia Marquez Short Story Prize (Finalist)

Society of Authors TA First Translation Prize (Shortlist)

"While each of the shorts could stand alone--and do, rather successfully--deciphering and connecting the overlapping threads provides enhanced literary pleasure." -Shelf Awareness, starred review

"A smart, controlled debut from a writer who addresses poverty and criminality in a variety of registers." -Kirkus

"Fuentes is a consistently engaging and original is a joy to find writing of such high quality." -The Times Literary Supplement

"Fuentes's prose is emotionally resonant and smartly constructed....These satisfying stories are full of surprises." -Publishers Weekly

"With grace and humility, Rodrigo Fuentes has written a subtle, luminous, memorable book."" -Rodrigo Hasbun, author of AFFECTIONS
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About Rodrigo Fuentes

Romero has published a book of short stories, Tantas noches como sean necesarias (As Many Nights as May Be Necessary, 2006) and the novels Ninguna parte (Nowhere, 2003), El sindrome de Rasputin (Rasputin Syndrome, 2008), Los bailarines del fin del mundo (The Dancers of the End of the World, 2009), Perros de la lluvia (Rain Dogs, 2011), El spleen de los muertos (The Spleen of the Dead, 2013) and Historia de Roque Rey (Roque Rey's Tale, 2014). The President's Room (2015) is his latest novel and the first one to appear in English.

Ellen Jones is a researcher and translator based in London. She has a PhD from Queen Mary University of London and writes about multilingualism and translation in contemporary Latin American literature. Her reviews have appeared in publications including the Times Literary Supplement and The Los Angeles Review of Books, and her translations in publications including The Guardian and_ Latin American Literature Today_. She has been Criticism Editor at Asymptote since 2014.
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Rating details

189 ratings
3.84 out of 5 stars
5 23% (44)
4 42% (80)
3 29% (55)
2 5% (10)
1 0% (0)
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