A spellbinding, eerily unsettling collection of short stories from the Argentinian sensation Samanta Schweblin, author of Fever Dream
Mouthful of Birds is the award-winning collection by Samanta Schweblin, critically acclaimed author of Fever Dream. Unearthly and unexpected, these stories burrow their way into your psyche with the feel of a sleepless night, where every shadow and bump in the dark takes on huge implications, leaving your pulse racing and blurring the line between the real and the strange.
With her hallmark style, made popular by Fever Dream – hailed as ‘terrifying and brilliant...dangerously addictive’ by the Guardian – Samanta Schweblin haunts and mesmerizes in this extraordinary, masterful collection.
‘The Grimm brothers and Franz Kafka pay a visit to Argentina in Samanta Schweblin's darkly humorous tales of people who have slipped through cracks or fallen down holes into alternate realities.’ J M Coetzee
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Carrying on from Fever Dream, Schweblin’s latest collection is filled with stories generating a sharp sense of dread– or are just downright nightmarishly absurd in some cases. As is the case with most collections, some stories were stronger than others. I thought Underground and Mouthful of Birds were the jewels in the crown here. Perfect winter read. This was a ARC from Netgalley and Oneworld in exchange for an honest review.
This book was unlike anything I have ever read. This is a book to be savioured, bit by bit. A series of incredible short stories, each one more thought provoking and stranger than the last. Generally with short story collections some tales are winners and some are losers, but every single story in this collection was a winner. Mouthful of Birds made me feel nervous, unsettled, challenged, suffocated and anxious. Granted some of the stories did go over my head and were clearly too hard for my tiny brain to grasp but others I will remember for ever. But one this all of the stories have in common is every single one of them will make you think. Reading this book is an experience and one I will never forget.