Hurricane Season is a stunning, unsparing depiction of small-town claustrophobia in a Mexican village, crippled by violent mythologies feeding misogyny and femicide. Fernanda Melchor writes with the savage force that the themes of her work demand, portraying the demons of contemporary Mexico – prejudice, superstition, corruption and sexual terrorism – while still allowing her prose to shine with elating lyricism.
Shortlisted for the International Booker Prize 2020
The Witch is dead. After a group of children playing near the irrigation canals discover her decomposing corpse, the village of La Matosa is rife with rumours about how and why this murder occurred. As the novel unfolds in a dazzling linguistic torrent, Fernanda Melchor paints a moving portrait of lives governed by poverty and violence, machismo and misogyny, superstition and prejudice.
Written with an infernal lyricism that is as affecting as it is enthralling, Hurricane Season, Melchor's first novel to appear in English, is a formidable portrait of Mexico and its demons, brilliantly translated by Sophie Hughes.
Publisher: Fitzcarraldo Editions
Number of pages: 232
Dimensions: 197 x 125 mm
'Brutal, relentless, beautiful, fugal, Hurricane Season explores the violent mythologies of one Mexican village and reveals how they touch the global circuitry of capitalist greed. This is an inquiry into the sexual terrorism and terror of broken men. This is a work of both mystery and critique. Most recent fiction seems anaemic by comparison.' - Ben Lerner, author of The Topeka School
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“A true work of art in words”
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What a superb book! I bought it on a whim when it was short-listed for the Booker International Prize, and it was the best thing I’d read so far this year.
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“A bit too much”
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