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The Houseguest: And Other Stories

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The Houseguest: And Other Stories

By  Amparo Dávila , Translated by  Matthew Gleeson , Audrey Harris
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The first collection in English of an endlessly surprising, master storyteller

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.

Amparo Dávila was born in Mexico in 1928. She has published numerous collections of short stories and for a time worked as Alfonso Reyes’s secretary. In recent years a massive resurgence of interest has acknowledged her as one of Mexico's finest masters of the short story. She was awarded the Xavier Villaurrutia Prize in 1977 and honored with the Medalla Bellas Artes in 2015.

A former Mellon Public Scholar, Audrey Harris holds a Ph.D. in Hispanic Languages and Literatures from the University of California.

A former Mellon Public Scholar, Audrey Harris holds a Ph.D. in Hispanic Languages and Literatures from the University of California.

ISBN: 9780811228213

ISBN-10: 9780811228213

Publisher: New Directions

Publication Date: 11/27/2018 - 12:00am

On Sale: 11/27/2018 - 12:00am

Pages: 144

Language: English

Categories

Fiction / Short Stories (single author)

Fiction / Literary

Fiction / Women

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