Pub Date 07 Nov 2019
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An uncompromisingly honest collection of short stories, examining with unique perspicacity the missteps, mistakes and misunderstanding that define our lives.
A father walks the streets of Santiago with his two daughters in tow. Jobless, ashamed, and blind to his older child's adoration, he unwittingly leads them to the scene of the greatest humiliation of his life.
A woman catches the eye of a young man outside a library. The pair exchange a cigarette and a few brief words, but what should have been nothing more than a brief flirtation soon takes a darker turn.
Throughout the nine tales that make up this astounding debut, Paulina Flores narrates with astonishing clarity the moment in which her characters stumble from an age of innocence to the harsh reality of disillusionment.
Written with uncompromising honesty, tenderness, and a Carver-esque attention to detail, Humiliation establishes Paulina Flores as one of the most exciting new voices in Latin America today.
‘The magic of Paulina Flores’ writing lies in placing us in that critical moment when everything is about to change, yet everything seems still. A finely tuned literary high-wire act if ever there was one.’ Carlos Fonseca, author of Colonel Lágrimas
‘An incredible storyteller. Paulina Flores has a knack for laying bare those fragile, often inarticulated, often hard to pin down emotions children hold for their parents.’ Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, author of Kintu
‘Paulina Flores deftly captures our startling humanity; there's awe and dread in these pages—but there's joy, too, fleeting and overwhelming. The worlds she crafts in Humiliation are our worlds, in all their terror and amazement.’ Bryan Washington, author of Lot
'Humiliation is a brilliant book that captures the volatility of misunderstandings, the moment when failures matter less than the need to share them.' Alejandro Zambra
‘Chilean author Paulina Flores might be only 28-years-old, but her mature style and her insight into the cracks beneath the surface of middle class life have astonished readers and critics alike.’ Marie Claire