Seven Stories Press
August 18, 2020
5.4 X 8.0 X 0.4 inches | 0.3 pounds
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About the Author
The New York Times described Guadalupe Nettel's acclaimed English language debut collection, Natural Histories (Seven Stories, 2014), as five flawless stories. A Bogotá 39 author and Granta Best Untranslated Writer, Nettel has received numerous prestigious awards, including the Gilberto Owen National Literature Prize, the Antonin Artaud Prize, the Ribera del Duero Short Fiction Award, and the 2014 Herralde Novel Prize. In 2015 Seven Stories published her first novel, The Body Where I Was Born. In 2018 her second novel, After the Winter, was published by Coffee House Press. Nettel lives and works in Mexico City. Since the early 1970s Suzanne Jill Levine has translated over forty volumes of Latin America's most innovative and distinguished fiction writers. The recipient of many honors, including several PEN awards, National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, and the Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship (for her literary biography of Manuel Puig), she edited for Penguin Classics in 2010 the five-volume series of Jorge Luis Borges's poetry and essays. Her translation of Luis Negron's Mundo Cruel: Stories (Seven Stories Press) received the Lambda Fiction prize in 2014, and most recently she co-translated Cristina Rivera Garza's The Taiga Syndrome (2018) for the Dorothy Project.
"Nettel's eye slightly deforms things and gives rise to tension, subtle but persistent, that immerses us in an uncomfortable reality, disquieting, even disturbing--a gaze that illuminates her prose like an alien sun shining down on our world." --Valeria Luiselli "Bezoar is a delicate, magnetic carousel. Each story rises into view after the previous one, singular and unsettling, showing us that there is beauty to be found in every defect, and leaving us genuinely astonished at the mesmerising reflections it casts." --Samanta Schweblin "The haunting stories in this collection feature characters that inhabit bodies which are strange places, so much so that they lose their human form, or are subjected to macabre investigations or perverse compulsions. Voyeurs, symbiosis, metamorphosis, fluids; the links here are hazy, the relationships with other beings, mutant. Guadalupe Nettel reminds us that there is nothing stranger than existence lived in these containers made of flesh, blood and madness." --Mariana Enríquez "I love the work of Guadalupe Nettel, one of Mexico's greatest living writers. Her fiction is brilliant and original, always suffused with sensuality and strange science--and these stories in Bezoar are among her best." --Paul Theroux