Longlisted for the Man Booker International Prize 2019
A spellbinding, eerily unsettling collection of short stories from a major literary star.
The crunch of a bird's wing.
Abandoned by the roadside, newlywed brides scream with rage as they are caught in the headlights of a passing car.
A cloud of butterflies, so beautiful it smothers.
Unearthly and unexpected, these stories burrow their way into your psyche with the feel of a sleepless night. Every shadow and bump in the dark takes on huge implications, leaving the pulse racing - blurring the line between the real and the strange.
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Number of pages: 240
Dimensions: 216 x 135 x 17 mm
'That stubborn, unapologetic resistance to revelation is one of the things that makes Mouthful of Birds, her debut collection in English, such a success.' - The Guardian
'In this slim and superb book, Schweblin takes on the desire to love, to parent, and to care for one's own body - hardly extraordinary themes - and invests them with a fresh poignancy.' - Vogue, Most Anticipated Books of 2019
'Impressive...Schweblin is among the most acclaimed Spanish-language writers of her generation.' - The New York Times
'The Grimm brothers and Franz Kafka pay a visit to Argentina in Samanta Schweblin's darkly humorous tales of people who have slipped through cracks or fallen down holes into alternate realities.' - J.M. Coetzee
'The author of the magnetic, scalp-prickling Fever Dream returns with stories as Gothic and incantatory as a telltale heart- virtuoso fiction from Argentina's own Edgar Allan Poe.' - Oprah Magazine
'At once fantastically out there and real to the point of being haunting.' - Vanity Fair
'Schweblin's Man Booker-shortlisted novel Fever Dream was unsettling and uncanny and these 20 brilliant stories, translated by Megan McDowell, are just as fabulous... an eerie blend of the supernatural and the all too real.' - Daily Mail
'Modern horror at its most bewitching and resonant.' - Metro
'Schweblin's imagination seemingly knows no bounds.' - Refinery29.com
'Samanta Schweblin's Mouthful of Birds - featuring a literal mouthful of birds - will mesmerise as it disturbs... It's difficult to do justice to Schweblin's relentlessly destabilising tone; just read the book, though perhaps only in daylight.' - Bustle
'Schweblin once again deplys a heavy dose of nightmare fuel in this frightening, addictive collection... Canny, provocative and profoundly unsettling.' - Publishers Weekly
'Schweblin builds dense and uncanny worlds, proing the psychology of human relationships and the ways we perceive existence and interpret culture, with dark humour and sharp teeth... An unquestionably imaginative author.' - Kirkus Review
'Samanta 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
'Surreal and haunting, spare yet complex, Samanta Schweblin's fiction is like little else being written right now.' - Literary Hub
'Surreal, disturbing and decidedly original.' - Library Journal
'[Schweblin] can evoke more feelings in one sentence than many writers can in a whole story... Mouthful of Birds is a stunning achievement from a writer whose potential is beginning to seem limitless.' - NPR
'What separates Schweblin from the pack is the firm foot she has planted in frank horror, and her laconic style... Mouthful of Birds is precisely that rare mix: beauty and horror.' - Minneapolis Star-Tribune
'Mesmerizing.' - Bustle.com
'[A] surreal and uncanny and perfectly discomfiting collection that will likely keep us all up for many nights to come.' - Literary Hub
'Dark, unsettling images, a sort of half-fevered, all-dazed awareness of the world outside. Schweblin is an absolute master.' - Remezcla
'Schweblin is back with this book of short stories, each more unnerving than the last, and all with the unique ability to leave you with that throbbing, pulsing feeling following an electric shock or a sleepless night or a solid scare or all of the above.' - Nylon.com
'Clever and morbidly funny.' - Book Riot
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