Tender Is the Flesh

Agustina Bazterrica (Author) Sarah Moses (Translator)


Working at the local processing plant, Marcos is in the business of slaughtering humans--though no one calls them that anymore.

His wife has left him, his father is sinking into dementia, and Marcos tries not to think too hard about how he makes a living. After all, it happened so quickly. First, it was reported that an infectious virus has made all animal meat poisonous to humans. Then governments initiated the "Transition." Now, eating human meat--"special meat"--is legal. Marcos tries to stick to numbers, consignments, processing.

Then one day he's given a gift: a live specimen of the finest quality. Though he's aware that any form of personal contact is forbidden on pain of death, little by little he starts to treat her like a human being. And soon, he becomes tortured by what has been lost--and what might still be saved.

Product Details

$16.00  $14.72
Scribner Book Company
Publish Date
August 04, 2020
5.4 X 0.7 X 8.3 inches | 0.4 pounds

Earn by promoting books

Earn money by sharing your favorite books through our Affiliate program.

Become an affiliate

About the Author

Agustina Bazterrica is an Argentinian novelist and short story writer. She is a central figure in the Buenos Aires literary scene. She has received several awards for her writing, most notably the prestigious Premio Clarin Novela for her second novel, Tender Is the Flesh.

Sarah Moses is a writer and translator. Her stories, translations and interviews have appeared in various journals, including The Argentina Independent and Brick. She is Asymptote's editor-at-large for Argentina, and divides her time between Buenos Aires and her native Toronto.




"This book will pull you in, take hold, and not let go until you reach the final page--perhaps far longer than that. Without a doubt, my favorite read of this year." --Christina Dalcher, author of Vox

"What a compelling, terrible beauty this novel is. My heart was breaking even as my skin was crawling."­­--Lisa McInerney, author of The Glorious Heresies

"Provocative, muscular, and entirely unforgiving, this terrifying novel is a timely reminder that words have the power to strip us of our humanity. I gulped it down with my heart racing."--Sue Rainsford, author of Follow Me to Ground

"A brutal tale of what humans are capable of inflicting on themselves when social norms collapse. Grotesque, gloriously nasty. Utterly compelling." --Lucie McKnight Hardy, author of Water Shall Refuse Them

"A skin-crawling yet compelling read." --Refinery29

"Grimly engrossing with a sucker-punch ending." --The Times

"This is a hideous, bold and unforgettable vision of the future. Just make sure you've eaten before picking it up." --i-D Magazine

"[A] thrilling dystopia that everyone should read for Bazterrica's stunning, electrifying language and story-telling--that is, if you can stomach it." --Dazed & Confused Magazine

"Horribly effective... This provocative novel expertly wields a double-edged cleaver..." --The Guardian

"A compelling dystopian novel." --The Independent

"Told with a chilly allofness that makes the horror of it all the more disturbing." --Financial Times

"Sitting comfortably? Not after even the tiniest nibble of this gut-churning, brilliantly realised novel." --Daily Mail

"Unflinching... engaging." --SFX Magazine

"At what price is a world without animals viable? That's the question posted by Argentinian author Agustina Bazterricca.... With an artfulness perfectly calibrated with irony, [she] presents an astounding portrait of a humanity ready to do anything to satisfy itself, even at its own expense.--Le Monde

"A dystopic fable as chilling as it is compelling."--Paris Match

"Hypnotic.... [Bazterrica's] hell is akin to that of Richard Fleischer's and Soylent Green."--L'Obs

"From a fear of the future (overpopulation and a shortage of meat), Bazterrica has penned a stunning novel on the plasticity of our moral values, and what Hannah Arendt called "the banality of evil.""--Lire

"Heiress to Orwell, the Argentinian author deploys a voice as vivid as it is chilling. In an increasingly dehumanized world, she pushes us to a dizzying reflection on violence, love, [and] power.--Livres Hebdo

"This Argentinian novel, winner of the Clarin prize in 2017, pulls no punches. Agustina Bazterrica succeeds in normalizing a cruelty beyond words."--Le Canard Enchainé

"A political fable, a denunciation by way of absurdity on the fate society reserves for animals and a love story outside conventional norms, [this novel] seizes you and won't let go.--Télérama

"Skilled seamstress, Agustina [Baztericca] unspools her thread and stitches the words to bring us wherever she wants, upending our sensibility through a ride that has everything in a final twist."--Maze

"A fable on the gruesome side of the modern world, impressionistic and poetic."--Clarin

"A biting and uncompromising expression of what happens daily in our society."--La Nacion

"Hypnotic, gruesome, beautiful, captivates the reader within moments."--El Imparcial

"Heavy, magnetic, disturbing--the novel of the year."--Culturamas