Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Las cosas que perdimos en el fuego” as Want to Read:
Las cosas que perdimos en el fuego
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Las cosas que perdimos en el fuego

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  6,255 ratings  ·  1,251 reviews
El mundo de Mariana Enriquez 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. Las autodenominadas "mujeres ...more
Kindle Edition, 200 pages
Published February 10th 2016 by Anagrama (first published 2016)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Las cosas que perdimos en el fuego, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
This question contains spoilers… (view spoiler)
Leah Rachel von Essen It was a moment of magical realism—I think part of the idea is that we don't and won't know.
This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.02  · 
Rating details
 ·  6,255 ratings  ·  1,251 reviews


More filters
 | 
Sort order
Start your review of Las cosas que perdimos en el fuego
Emily May
Jan 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, arc, short-stories
“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,
...more
Roxane
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.
PorshaJo
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 ...more
Fran
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
...more
Esil
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 ...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
...more
Taryn
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
...more
Zoeytron
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
...more
Melki
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
...more
Marie
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
Lark Benobi
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stories
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
...more
Kelli
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.
Paul
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.
Blair
'Argentine gothic' is a fitting label for Things We Lost in the Fire. Ghosts, haunted houses and unexplained events appear throughout these stories, but they aren't necessarily horror as much as they are simply dark. Often suffused with the threat of real violence as well as supernatural terror, they touch on the hidden tensions and agonies of a country with a turbulent past roiling just beneath the visible surface. In this book, Argentina itself is haunted, a country haunted by history.

In 'The
...more
TheSkepticalReader
Originally posted on A Skeptical Reader.

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
...more
Puck
3,5 stars for these twelve eerie and dark horror stories set in Argentina.

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
...more
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 ...more
11811 (Eleven)
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.
Andrea
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.
Jill
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
...more
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
...more
David
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
...more
Ann
Beautifully bleak, eerie. Not one cheery tale in the collection, these are "what lies beneath" stories, the invocation/reanimation of the disappeared in a vivid depiction of contemporary Argentina. Death saints worshipped by immigrants and poor transplants in Buenos Aires's slums, haunted houses that beckon haunted people into their labyrinthine horrors, ghosts of a brutal police training facility, witches, spiders, snakes, skulls. But they're told with a sympathetic voice in an engaging ...more
Maxwell
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
...more
Viv JM
This collection of short stories from Argentinian author Mariana Enriquez is dark, disturbing and utterly brilliant. The horror in the tales comes partly from the supernatural and magical but also from the horror and violence of poverty, corruption, pollution and desperate lives. I hope more work by this author is translated into English, as I absolutely loved this book. Highly recommended.
Nancy Oakes
Holy bleeping bleep. In a beyond-good way.

First I have to thank the very good people at LibraryThing & the publisher for my copy.

A short-story collection from Argentinian author Mariana Enríquez, Things We Lost in the Fire is a tough book to describe. It is a mix of realism and just sheer utter terror, where the author writes about contemporary society within the framework of the horror/supernatural fiction genre, which seems to allow her a good deal of flexibility in discussing gender,
...more
Lark Benobi
From the first page, this collection made me remember how much I love stories that are macabre, unexpected, or full of dread. 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 ever written by Poe.

What is different about Enriquez's stories--startlingly, shockingly,
...more
Mattia Ravasi
Apr 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Video review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VgkSp...
Featured in my Top 20 Books I Read in 2017

Pretty disturbing horror stories that offer a beautiful sense of place and explore some of the darkest corner of South America, and of the human mind. Some great variety in this collection, with tales shifting from the adventurous to the psychological to the Lovecraftian. A great read if you're not too squeamish.
Liz Wehrli
Apr 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
bizarre, macabre, captivating. A reflection of the culture, the regime, the times, the gestalt. Absolutely brilliant
Bri | bribooks
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I didn't quite know what to expect going into this story collection. The synopsis is intriguing but vague; the jacket promises unsettling stories in the vein of Shirley Jackson, and the blurbs on the back of my hardcover are glowing. Gushing, even.

In this, Mariana Enriquez's first work to be translated to English, I have found my new favorite short story collection. That title was previously held by Joe Hill's 20th Century Ghosts. Sorry, Joe. I know you'd understand.

Herein are twelve stories
...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Mouthful of Birds
  • Siete casas vacías
  • Fever Dream
  • Kentukis
  • Chicas muertas
  • Llegada la hora
  • El viento que arrasa
  • Ladrilleros
  • Por qué volvías cada verano
  • Magnetized: Conversations with a Serial Killer
  • Cometierra
  • Optic Nerve
  • Bajo este sol tremendo
  • Las aventuras de la China Iron
  • Pelea de gallos
  • La sal
  • El desapego es una manera de querernos
  • La Virgen Cabeza
See similar books…
659 followers
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
...more
“Yo prefiero olvidarlas porque olvidar a la gente que solo se conoció en palabras es extraño, mientras existieron fueron más intensas que lo real y ahora son más distantes que los desconocidos.” 13 likes
“Creo que no me recuerda o me recuerda poco, vagamente, como si me hubiera conocido en un sueño.” 4 likes
More quotes…