Paradises

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.

Open Door

Open Door, by Iosi Havilio (And Other Stories, 2011)

Translated from the Spanish by Beth Fowler

A meandering, atmospheric novel about a young woman who, after the mysterious disappearance of her partner, finds herself leaving Buenos Aires and embarking on a new life in a small town in the Argentinian Pampas. Despite her seemingly passive attitude to her own fate, she drifts into relationships with a local ranch-hand and a spirited teenage girl, with a multitude of unexpected encounters along the way.