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The Dangers of Smoking in Bed

The Dangers of Smoking in Bed

Translated by Megan McDowell from Spanish

Published by Granta Books

Written against the backdrop of contemporary Argentina, The Dangers of Smoking in Bed is populated by unruly teenagers, crooked witches, homeless ghosts, and hungry women. The stories walk the uneasy line between urban realism and horror, but with a resounding tenderness toward those in pain, in fear and in limbo. As terrifying as they are socially conscious, the stories press into the unspoken - fetish, illness, the female body, the darkness of human history - with bracing urgency. A woman is sexually obsessed with the human heart; a lost, rotting baby crawls out of a backyard and into a bedroom; a pair of teenage girls can't let go of their idol; an entire neighbourhood is cursed to death when it fails to respond correctly to a moral dilemma.

About the Author

Mariana Enríquez

Mariana Enríquez is a novelist, journalist and short story writer from Argentina. As well as THINGS WE LOST IN THE FIRE and THE DANGERS OF SMOKING IN BED, she is the author of a collection of travel writings, a novella and three novels. In 2019 her latest novel, OUR SHARE OF NIGHT, was awarded the prestigious Premio Herralde de Novela. She is an editor at Página/12, a newspaper based in Buenos Aires.