Lucina, a young Chilean writer, has moved to New York to pursue an academic career. While at a party one night, something that her doctors had long warned might happen finally occurs: her eyes haemorrhage. Within minutes, blood floods her vision, reducing her sight to sketched outlines and tones of grey, rendering her all but blind. As she begins to adjust to a very different life, those who love her begin to adjust to a very different woman - one who is angry, raw, funny, sinister, sexual and dizzyingly alive.
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Number of pages: 176
Weight: 168 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 13 mm
Brilliant... Heartbreaking... Raw... Sexy... Visceral... Brutal... Unflinching... Astonishing - The Scotsman
Nerve-jangling... Defiantly discomforting... Highly impressive - Daily Mail
Outstanding - complex yet graceful, gnarly yet beautiful. The best book I've read this year. - Sara Baume, author of Spill Simmer Falter Wither
A scorching examination of how being utterly dependent on someone - even someone you love - can make you a monster. - Literary Hub, 13 Translated Books by Women You Need to Read
Astonishing... Burns with vigour and urgency - Los Angeles Times
Viscous, repulsive, and beautiful - New Yorker
Stunning... Black and bitter and bloody and beautiful - The Nation
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