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Seven Empty Houses

By: Samanta Schweblin,Megan McDowell - translator
Narrated by: Yareli Arizmendi,Gisela Chipe,Ines del Castillo,Daisy Guevara,Lee Osorio,Elena Rey,Victoria Villarreal
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A blazing new story collection that will make you feel like the house is collapsing in on you, from the 3 time International Booker Prize finalist, "lead[ing] a vanguard of Latin American writers forging their own 21st-century canon.”–O, the Oprah magazine

The seven houses in these seven stories are empty. Some are devoid of love or life or furniture, of people or the truth or of memories. But in Samanta Schweblin’s tense, visionary tales, something always creeps back in: a ghost, a fight, trespassers, a list of things to do before you die, a child’s first encounter with a dark choice or the fallibility of parents.

This was the collection that established Samanta Schweblin at the forefront of a new generation of Latin American writers. And now in English it will push her cult status to new heights. Seven Empty Houses is an entrypoint into a fiercely original mind, and a slingshot into Schweblin's destablizing, exhilarating literary world.

In each story, the twists and turns will unnerve and surprise: Schweblin never takes the expected path and instead digs under the skin and reveals uncomfortable truths about our sense of home, of belonging, and of the fragility of our connections with others. This is a masterwork from one of our most brilliant writers.

Cover art: Detail of "Le modele vivant" by René Magritte, 1953 / © 2022 C. Herscovici / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Photo © Christie's Images / Bridgeman Images

©2022 Samanta Schweblin (P)2022 Penguin Audio

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Pointless

I guess this is what passes for literature nowadays? maybe it seemed interesting to the writer as she wrote it, but it was not interesting to the reader