Fernanda Melchor’s formidable portrait of Mexico and its demons, written with a brutal lyricism that is as affecting as it is enthralling. Translated by Sophie Hughes.

Hurricane Season opens with the macabre discovery of a decomposing body on the outskirts a village in rural Mexico. The body is that of the local witch, feared by the men but relied upon by the women for love charms and illegal abortions. The book soon transcends its whodunnit constraints: the culprits are named early on in the story. The questions shifts from who to why, as Melchor paints a portrait of lives governed by poverty and violence, machismo and misogyny, superstition and prejudice.

Shortlisted
The 2020 International Booker Prize
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Fitzcarraldo Editions
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Fernanda Melchor

Fernanda Melchor

About the Author

Fernanda Melchor, born in Veracruz, Mexico, in 1982, is a writer and journalist who lives and works in Puebla.
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Sophie Hughes

About the Translator

Sophie Hughes was born in Chertsey, UK, in June 1986.
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