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Sa­manta Sch­we­blin

Oneworld, 160 pages, €11.20

The Ar­gen­tinian writer’s first book to be pub­lished in English was nom­i­nated for this year’s Man Booker In­ter­na­tional Prize and praised for its slow-build of hor­ror and ten­sion.

The story con­cerns Amanda, who trav­els with her daugh­ter to the coun­try­side where she gets friendly with a neigh­bour, Carla. Her new friend tells her a creepy, su­per­nat­u­ral story about her son David: his soul, Carla be­lieves, has ‘trans­mi­grated’ into another body.

Amanda is drawn into his world and forced to con­front a trauma that she has been run­ning away from. Sch­we­blin’s tale draws on the Ar­gen­tinian folk tra­di­tion as well as a more re­cent ill — ge­net­i­cally mod­i­fied food.

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