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may, 2023

16maytueHuman Sacrifices - With Maria Fernanda Ampuero7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Event Type :Book Presentation

Event Details

Join us for the Book Launch Party of Human Sacrifices, with author Maria Fernanda Ampuero. This acclaimed short story collection by a groundbreaking voice in contemporary Latin American literature confronts machismo, inequity, and violence.

An undocumented woman answers a job posting only to find herself held hostage, a group of outcasts obsess over boys drowned while surfing, and an unhappy couple finds themselves trapped in a terrifying maze. With scalpel-like precision, Ampuero considers the price paid by those on the margins so that the elite might lounge comfortably, considering themselves safe in their homes.

Simultaneously terrifying and exquisite, Human Sacrifices is “tropical gothic” at its finest—decay and oppression underlie our humid and hostile world, where working-class women and children are consistently the weakest links in a capitalist economy. Against this backdrop of corrosion and rot, these twelve stories contemplate the nature of exploitation and abuse, illuminating the realities of those society consumes for its own pitiless ends.

About the author

María Fernanda Ampuero is a writer and journalist born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, in 1976. She has been published in newspapers and magazines around the world and is the author of two narrative nonfiction titles and two short story collections: Cockfight and Human Sacrifices. In 2012 she was selected as one of the 100 Most Influential Latin Americans in Spain.

About the Translator

Frances Riddle is a writer and translator based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her recent book-length translations include Not One Less by María Pía López, Plebeian Prose by Néstor Perlongher, and The German Room by Carla Maliandi. Her short story translations, essays, and reviews have been published in the White Review, Electric Literature, the Short Story Project, and Words Without Borders, among others.

Praise for Human Sacrifices

“Visceral… there’s a great deal of humanity in these difficult stories.” — Publishers Weekly

”Terrifying stories that dazzle with formal experimentation.” —Kirkus Reviews

“María Fernanda Ampuero’s writing is pure horror and aesthetic joy. Human Sacrifices is a magnificent book that still haunts me to this day.” —Mónica Ojeda, author of Jawbone

“Raw and savage, delving into the violence of machismo, inequality and abuse.” —Vistazo

“The reader is immersed into a violent and cruel world, described in splendid prose. . . . Ampuero writes from fury.” —Vanguardia (Mexico)



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