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El mundo de Mariana Enríquez no tiene por qué ser el nuestro, y, sin embargo, lo termina siendo. Bastan pocas frases para pisarlo, respirarlo y no olvidarlo gracias a una viveza emocional insólita. Con la cotidianidad hecha pesadilla, el lector se despierta abatido, perturbado por historias e imágenes que jamás conseguirá sacarse de la cabeza.
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Paperback, Narrativas hispánicas #559, 200 pages
Published February 10th 2016 by Anagrama
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Jeanne Mixon I felt like that story was sort of a metaphor for the Argentinian desaparacidos -- a period of time when the government and the police simply disappea…moreI felt like that story was sort of a metaphor for the Argentinian desaparacidos -- a period of time when the government and the police simply disappeared people and their relatives never found out what happened to them. The stories themselves did not have a linear logic. I mean what happened to the girl who was eaten by the haunted house? She became a desaparacida. Similarly, the husband and the mother in law were simply disappeared. There is no logic to it. That place, the hotel, was a place where things like that could happen. I don't think it makes sense to try to figure out what really happened.
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Jeanne Mixon I thought it was the devil shrine or a narco witch.

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Emily May
Jan 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories, arc, 2017
“What do you know about what really goes on around here, mamita? You live here, but you’re from a different world.”

3 1/2 stars. ^This is exactly how this whole book feels. I recognise the world in it; I suppose, in many ways, it's the one I live in... except it also isn't. It’s the dark spaces and the secrets hidden just under the surface of the world we know.

I can definitely feel the Shirley Jackson vibe. Enríquez has written a collection of Argentinian horror stories, full of atmosphere, s
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quite a compelling collection of short stories--quiet, gothic horrors really that exemplify the complexities, the small and great tragedies of the human condition. Quite a sharp edge in these stories and she has a lot to say about women, girls trying to be in the world, the confines of bad marriages, the ravages of poverty and addiction. Many of these stories exemplify what good horror stories are supposed to do.
Yikes! What a creepy, gruesome, macabre read. This one is a series of 12 short stories. The stories are told from unnamed cities in Argentina. The stories really are all over the place. From murder, torture, ghost stories, urban legend, haunted houses, superstitions, love and heartbreak, and more. Some stories are stronger than others, as is usually the case with short stories. Not every story is perfectly wrapped up either. I didn't find that disappointing, more of a wanting. I wanted to hear m ...more
Edward Lorn
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There's not a single bad story in this collection. Some stories outshine others, but they are all engaging and unsettling. Stories like "The Neighbor's Courtyard" and "End of Term" are insidious. They worm their way into you and leave a significant impression. And "Adela's House" was utterly bone-chilling.

One of the biggest standouts in this collection is "Under the Black Water". There is zero on-screen horror. All the horror is implied. Fucking loved that. It's not something you see done well t
Dec 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ghosts, supernatural events, disappearances and revenge. "Things We Lost in the Fire" has it all. Focusing on myths and legends and set in the slums of Argentina, twelve eerie short stories aim to pull the reader into darkness and disquietude. Fans of horror will not be disappointed.

"Adela's House" was my favorite story. Adela, a spoiled, one armed girl with a stump at her shoulder, lives in an enormous chalet. Brother and sister, Pablo and Clara befriend her although neighborhood kids laugh at
Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Things We Lost in the Fire is an awfully dark collection of short stories. These macabre stories are all set in contemporary Argentina. Many stories have a touch of unreality -- suggestions of ghosts and otherworldly beings. But the point of these suggested apparitions is to emphasize the horror of some aspects of contemporary Argentinian life -- extreme poverty, violence, drug addiction and crime. Often the central characters are middle class young men and women exposed to Argentina's dark unde ...more
3.5 Stars. Twelve macabre short stories set in Argentina. It's very dark and disturbing.

We all walk over bones in this city, it’s just a question of making holes deep enough to reach the buried dead. (No Flesh Over Our Bones)

Tens of thousands of people were disappeared or killed from 1976 to 1983, when Argentina's military junta committed “crimes against humanity within the framework of [a] genocide.” While not overtly mentioned, the horrific tales in Things We Lost in the Fire are intertwined w
Copy furnished by Net Galley for the price of a review.

A macabre anthology of tales of madness, and of going mad. Stinking goats with red eyes, an abandoned house with a voice that tells its own stories, a box of dead birds hidden under a bed. Tales of self-mutilation, incessant nightmares of being chased by amputated legs and arms, a woman's obsession with a toothless human skull.

Set in present day Argentina, using a backdrop of pervasive heat and insanity, these stories are for well-seasoned
Pandemic rereads #6

It's hard to believe it's been three years since I first read Things We Lost in the Fire. I don't have much to add to my original review below, but this reread has made me bump it up to the full five stars, so I thought I ought to say a bit about why. Most of all, it's that this book has stayed with me. I think about it all the time. I recommend it often. I remember the way certain stories made me feel, and I remember specific details from others. All surefire signs of a favou
Wow! What a macabre, twisted way to get swept up in the life and culture of Argentina. I love when I read books outside my usual genres and get blown away by them. These short stories invoke living nightmares and nightmarish creatures that dwell just below the surface of normal life and enter into these stories in unexpected ways. There are ghosts of the past, horrific creatures, and a sense of the clairvoyance in these pages. Some of the descriptions within these stories brought to mind Stephen ...more
Wow - what a stunning collection of stories!

Though there are ghosts, monsters, and demons, I hesitate to attach the horror label, as these are not traditional horror stories. Enriquez's tales do not gush blood, but there is a background noise of quiet dripping, a slow oozing away of precious bodily fluids. Her work is subtly unnerving, delicately disturbing; you are coaxed gently into each story not knowing what to expect. Afterwards, you don't so much leave the tale as back away slowly, shaking
“Burnings are the work of men. They have always burned us. Now we are burning ourselves. But we’re not going to die; we’re going to flaunt our scars.”

In clear, readable prose, Enríquez—and her translator, McDowell—write vivid imagery, capturing Argentina in vignettes, in violence, in understated supernatural happenings.

This is atmospheric gothic horror that will transport you straight to the gritty, thriving world of contemporary Argentina. These are ghost stories, mainly: haunted houses and
lark benobi
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I picked this up and read it through for a second time while waiting for Mouthful of Birds by another wonderful Argentinian author of the macabre, Samanta Schweblin. It's just as wonderful the second time through.

These stories feel both contemporary, and yet deeply connected with the magnificent stories of the macabre from past eras--stories that I have read over and over again, like The Monkey's Paw by Saki, and The Horla by de Maupassant, and The Most Dangerous Game by Connell, and anything ev
Mar 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
Definitely unique, this macabre collection of stories has a flavor to it that can't be denied. Changing the street name to Main St and the characters of any given story to Joe and Jennifer would have done nothing to offset how culturally different these stories were. I enjoyed that piece of it very much but many of the stories felt unfinished. 3 stars. ...more

In my recently discovered Book Club we will be reading Nuestra parte de noche by Enríquez in April. The moderator told us that the interest of this writer is that she has succeeded in welding two genres that rarely go together – terror and literary. Before embarking on a 600-page novel I thought that an overture to her very particular style would

This is an extraordinary collection of short stories – some are very short. Most are very open – open beginnings and open endings. Disturbing they are
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Well...that was disappointing. Given the hype around this collection and the comparisons to Shirley Jackson, I was prepared to read some truly unsettling tales. However, as with a lot of other contemporary authors of horror, Mariana Enríquez relies on body horror, gore, and animal violence to instil feelings of unease in her readers...and while her stories are certainly macabre, I wouldn't call them gothic. The horror too was too splatter for me. Writing
Peter Boyle
A small piece of advice: don't read this book before going to bed. These grisly tales will surely haunt your dreams like they did mine - scenes full of grotesque, unstable characters where misfortune can strike at any moment.

The stories are set in a post-dictatorship Argentina and the state of the country is reflected in its run-down, crime-ridden backdrop. The protagonists are mostly women and in many cases, they are visited by unwelcome apparitions. It is up to us to decide whether these spect
Mar 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
THINGS WE LOST IN THE FIRE by Mariana Enriquez is one of the best short story collections of the last decade. I couldn't have loved it more. A heady mix of Gothic, weird, realism, and sociopolitics. There's a story that's a brilliant riff on Lovecraft as well. Now I anxiously await for more of her books to be translated. ...more
Read for Fortnight Frights~

A collection of short stories based on the macabre, sinister and supernatural. The fact that all of these stories are set in Argentina only adds to the horror of it all. A country that is still suffering through a post-dictatorship reality full of poverty, violence, drugs, murder, and children deformed by pollution.

I enjoyed how Mariana Enríquez manages to combine the ordinary with the supernatural in a way that almost seems inevitable. With stories based around police
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Things We Lost in the Fire is an excellent exploration of poverty, family, childhood, justice, and sex and sexuality; it continually tests the limits of human tolerance in all corners. A difficult read for me as I grew up in a similar society with a startling similar view of life, still enjoying far more privileges then any of the characters of course, but it meant that I had to digest it in smaller bites. It’s uncomfortable to confront the things that alw
I received an eARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I was really looking forward to reading some translated short stories, as I am a lover of both translated fiction and short stories. These are written by Argentinian author Mariana Enriquez, and they all take place in and around Buenos Aires. It's been compared to Shirley Jackson and Julio Cortazar, neither of whom I've read before. But if those are authors that interest you, perhaps
Justin Tate
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love short stories and am always amazed when they are done exceptionally well. I don't think any of these stories concluded with significant power, but they were all captivating snapshots of dynamic characters engulfed in bizarre circumstances. They are creepy in a real world sense and a supernatural sense, and I enjoyed the way the real world expertly blended with the fantastic. Nothing life changing so take it or leave it, but I did enjoy picking this up periodically for a new tale of Argent ...more
Stephanie (That's What She Read)
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I am so glad that I finally got to this book. I think the comparisons to Shirley Jackson were spot on. I love the way she employs the gothic style with Argentinian culture and contemporary social issues in these stories. My favorites were: The Dirty Kid, Adela's House, The Intoxicated Years, and Things We Lost in the Fire.
We all walk over bones in this city, it’s just a question of making holes deep enough to reach the buried dead. (No Flesh Over Our Bones)

My favorite horror stories are the ones that don’t rely on the grotesque or the graphic, but on the atmosphere and suspense. Rosemary's Baby wouldn’t be half as iconic if it wasn’t for the whole build-up with those creepy neighbours. While not with every story, Enríquez shows how she’s able to create a similar feeling of unsettlement; of sensing a cold shado
Remind me never to go to Buenos Aires without thinking of this book. I shudder. This is the land of the fantastic tales of Borges. Well add one more to the... no I won’t use a bad pun. There are many stories that come from here and here are some that paint a rather bleak land.

Twelve stories by Argentinian born Mariana Enriquez. Twelve disturbing tales that center around women. Bad macho husbands, desperation and poverty, madness, abuse and violence navigate through the stories. Some I can forget
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Apr 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought all short story collections were required by law to include at least one piece of shit. Shame on the author for violating this time honored tradition. I enjoyed all 12 of these. Great dark fiction. Check it out.
Dec 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book blew me away. Spectacular dark fiction short stories. Every single story made an impression. There's a mystical element that I've noticed in other Latino authors that I like and this book has that too. I highly recommend THINGS WE LOST IN THE FIRE to anyone who likes their fiction on the dark side and I look forward to reading anything else Enríquez publishes in the future--I was really impressed with this book!

I won this book in a Goodreads First-Reads giveaway.
Jenny (Reading Envy)
This book of short stories feels very real, about poverty and children navigating the dangerous urban environments of Argentina, and then suddenly there are things that are unexplained. Sometimes they seem to be due to violence of humans, and other times they appear supernatural. The true horror is that you are never completely certain, and people disappear, or lives are lost. Either way there is no method of control in the environment.

Some of my favorites:

"The Dirty Kid"
A woman notices a homele
May 26, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars…some were just OK or even worse, and some were OK-to-good, but I only found two that were very good (The Dirty Kid, End Of Term).

This is a collection of 12 short stories that are described on the inside front cover of the dust jacket as “unsettling, slyly funny, and strange in the tradition of Shirley Jackson and Julio Cortazar”. Mariana Enriquez is a writer and editor based in Argentina, and most if not all of the stories are based in that country (although one is in Paraguay) and in
Dec 23, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
I thought I’d tackle these macabre, grotesque and unsettling stories during the season to offset the constant diet of sugary and cloying holiday cheer messages. And believe me, they fit the bill. There is not one cheery story in the dozen and when read together, the effect is very unsettling.

Within these pages, there is a constant parade of Argentinean malcontents: child serial murders, empty-eyed addicts, one-armed teens, despondent women, feral children, sick babies. That is, perhaps, the big
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Mariana Enriquez (Buenos Aires, 1973) es una periodista y escritora argentina.

Se recibió de Licenciada en Comunicación Social en la Universidad Nacional de La Plata. Se ha desempeñado profesionalmente como periodista y columnista en medios gráficos, como el suplemento Radar del diario Página/12 (donde es sub-editora) y las revistas TXT, La mano, La mujer de mi vida y El Guardián. También participó

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