Paradises, by Iosi Havilio (And Other Stories, 2013)

Translated from the Spanish by Beth Fowler

In this sequel to Open Door, the story moves back from the hazy languor of the Pampas to the bustle of Buenos Aires. Now with her four-year-old son in tow, passive and unemotional as ever, the nameless protagonist finds herself in a squalid world of underground bunkers, squats and drug dealers, head lice and reptiles.

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