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.