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New Directions Publishing Corporation
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5.47 X 7.97 X 0.32 inches | 0.32 pounds

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About the Author

Born in Veracruz, Mexico, in 1982, Fernanda Melchor is "one of Mexico's most exciting new voices" (The Guardian). Her novel Hurricane Season was shortlisted for the International Booker Prize, longlisted for the National Book Award, and was a New York Times Notable Book.
Sophie Hughes is the translator of over twenty books from Spanish, by Spanish and Latin American writers including Fernanda Melchor, Alia Trabucco Zerán, José Revueltas, and Enrique Vila-Matas. She has been nominated for the International Booker Prize four times, and in 2021 she was awarded the Queen Sofia Spanish Institute Translation Prize for Hurricane Season by Fernanda Melchor.


Fernanda Melchor explores violence and inequity in this brutal novel. She does it with dazzling technical prowess, a perfect pitch for orality, and a neurosurgeon's precision for cruelty. Paradais is a short inexorable descent into Hell.--Mariana Enriquez
With a nimble command of the novel's technical resources and an uncanny grasp of the irrational forces at work in society, the books navigate a reality riven by violence, race, class, and sex... In Melchor's world, there's no resisting the violence, much less hating it. All a novelist can do, she seems to suggest, is take a long, unsparing look at the hell that we've made.--Juan Gabriel Vásquez "The New Yorker"
Paradais is beautiful and terrible.--Marcus McGee "LARB"
Melchor's prose is singular, with its fair share of page-long sentences that travel from the deepest psychic corners of her characters to the broadest panoramas of Mexican life.--Leland Cheuk "National Public Radio"
Melchor's brilliant, sinewy, streetwise second novel turns on a couple of young men in a Mexican town whose lusts take a violent turn...Melchor's telling is psychologically revealing, finding ever deeper reservoirs of rage and dread in its characters.--Mark Athitakis "The Los Angeles Times"
Fernanda Melchor's Paradais is brutal poetry, distilled.-- "Literary Hub"
Paradais warns against considering any luxurious abode as "safe" when the mere existence of such enclaves intensifies the inequalities that will eventually lead to their own demise.-- "CrimeReads"