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Things We Lost in the Fire

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  4,147 ratings  ·  914 reviews
In these wildly imaginative, devilishly daring tales of the macabre, internationally bestselling author Mariana Enriquez brings contemporary Argentina to vibrant life as a place where shocking inequality, violence, and corruption are the law of the land, while military dictatorship and legions of desaparecidos loom large in the collective memory. In these stories, reminisc ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published February 21st 2017 by Hogarth Press (first published December 4th 2014)
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Emily May
Jan 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, short-stories, 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, sus
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
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
Dec 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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
Edward  Lorn
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Murat S. Dural
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sözlerime şöyle başlamak istiyorum; "Son dönemde okuduğum en iyi (edebi öğeleri ve korku unsurları kapsamında) korku öyküleri..." Mariana Enriquez gencecik yaşına rağmen çok dengeli kelime seçimleri ile güzel cümleler örmüş. Sevgili dostum Özgün Muti Ondörtoğlu ile bu eser kapsamında konuşurken "Latin Amerikalılarda yaş fark etmiyor, yazma işini bitirmişler" dedik. "Yangında Kaybettiklerimiz" dil, anlatı, kurgu, ürperti olarak çok başarılı bir kitap. "Pasaklı Çocuk", "Adela'nın Evi", Pablo Bir Ç ...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
Feb 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
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.
Fuchsia  Groan
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Por la noche, cuando trato de terminar trabajos atrasados y me quedo despierta y en silencio para poder concentrarme, a veces recuerdo las historias que se cuentan en voz baja. Y compruebo que la puerta de la calle esté bien cerrada y también la del balcón.

No soy una gran lectora de relatos, a pesar de que en los últimos tiempos he aprendido a apreciarlos y he aceptado que, quizás, el adjetivo “irregular” sirva para definir la mayoría de las colecciones. En Las cosas que perdimos en el fuego, un
Esra M.
Mar 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gerginliğin her daim ön planda olduğu 12 adet rahatsız eden, düşündüren, sorgulatan öykü var kitapta. Soğukkanlı ve yalın dili sanki sıradan konuların işlendiği birşeyler okuyormuşuz hissini veriyor. Bu anlatım şekli içeriğin derinliğiyle birleşince etkiyi daha çok arttırıyor. Kötülüklerin sıradanlaşıp kanıksandığı olaylar, suçluluk duygusuyla yapılan yanlışlar, kıyıya köşeye itilmişlerin öçlerini aldıkları durumlar normal hayat akıp giderken karşımıza çıkan kavşaklar gibi. Çoğunda o yöne gitmek ...more
'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
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 alw
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
sanırım çocukluğumdan beri ilk kez korkarak, tüylerim ürpererek kitap okudum :)
enriquez'in başarısı tipik gotik ya da korku romanları gibi olmaması, her öykünün ardında arjantin'in tarihi yatıyor. kaybedilen insanlar, işkence gören kadınlar, sınıf eşitsizliğinden yok sayılan semtler, bu semtlerde hayalet gibi büyüyen çocuklar...
bazı öyküler o kadar kendi çocukluğuma benziyordu ki bu konuda yazsam mı diye düşünüyorum. 80'ler, video kasetler, birbirine anlatılan korku filmleri, macera aramalar...
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.
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
Las cosas que perdimos en el fuego consta de doce cuentos. A pesar de representar temas variados, cada uno de los relatos tiene algo en común: el terror, el terror cotidiano. No hay contextos inventados ni mundos completamente sobrenaturales. Todo lo que sucede transcurre dentro de lo habitual, de lo que pasa todos los días. Esos días, generalmente regidos por sentimientos relacionados con la depresión y el desapego por parte de los personajes, serán el escenario perfecto para ambientar los rela ...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.
Repellent Boy
3.5 Interesantísima lectura. En Las cosas que perdimos en el fuego, Mariana Enríquez nos presenta 11 cuentos, a cual más terrorífico. Me gustaron todos. Algunos más que otros, lo normal en un libro de relatos. Pero curiosamente, lo más crudos, y que me pusieron los pelos de punta, fueron los más realistas. Los que no incluían situaciones paranormales. En los que la ficción, podía ser superada por la realidad. En especial el último relato, el que da nombre al título, me ha dejado muy impactado. A ...more
Julio César
Jul 13, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Pésimo, no le encontré el más mínimo logro literario. No sé si como dice Helena me asusté de que se publicara, aunque sí creo que sería lo único que podría causar susto de estas páginas. Entiendo exactamente el nicho de este tipo de libros en un catálogo transnacional como el de Anagrama. Pero si fuera un ebook autopublicado tendría la misma intrascendencia. A ver, cito: "Aquella semana había empezado pésimo" (p. 142), tras lo cual se lanza con la descripción de las (pésimas) circunstancias que ...more
Emir Ibañez
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Debo admitir que este libro me llevó bastante tiempo terminar... no porque fuera aburrido o porque no me gustara, sino porque la mayoría de sus cuentos me dejaron con una angustia y unos escalofríos tremendos. Soy muy cagón, no lo voy a negar. Sufrí mucho con estos relatos, pero los disfruté de igual manera. Háblenme de masoquismo.
May 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Me senté hoy a la tarde, con tranquilidad, a esperar cuentos entretenidos. Me habían llegado muy buenos comentarios y tuve que leerlo. En medio de la lectura me di cuenta que estaba sintiendo algo, no sé qué. Algo entre eso que llamamos siniestro y oscuro. Doce cuentos que me pegaron una hermosa piña en la boca.
Dec 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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.
Dec 23, 2016 rated it liked it
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
Teresa Proença
May 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: n-argentina, g-contos, 5e
Mariana Enriquez é cruel!
O mundo é muito cruel!

Doze contos de terror e violência, narrados numa prosa bonita, mas sem filtros que poupem o leitor a não sofrer com a violência exercida, principalmente sobre as mulheres, as crianças e os animais.
O primeiro conto - O Rapaz Sujo - comecei a lê-lo antes de dormir e, de repente aterrorizada, tive de fechar o livro. No dia seguinte, terminei-o a soluçar incontrolavelmente.
Entre o horror e a tristeza é um conto que dificilmente irei esquecer.
Os outros
Esta antología me ha parecido algo irregular. Relatos muy buenos, otros normales y alguno que otro bastante desinflado. Sé que resulta incongruente calificar relatos cortos como algo “incompleto”, pero he echado en falta algo más de desarrollo, sobre todo en los finales.

Un conjunto de doce relatos cortos donde lo cotidiano se mezcla con lo grotesco, cuya fórmula persigue incomodar al lector hasta llegar al impacto final. Mariana Enríquez nos transporta a un mundo conocido, donde prostitutas, mad
Manuel Alberto Vieira
Algures entre a fantasmagoria de Edgar Allan Poe e o véu de ameaça de Flannery O'Connor, Mariana Enríquez tece uma hábil tapeçaria de tensões mantidas por um elástico sempre à beira de rebentar. Mas sempre à beira. E é precisamente nesse «quase» que reside a grande virtude desta compilação de contos.
Parece que tudo nos é dado, na medida em que a narração é intencionalmente um «serviço de bandeja», mas, através de mecanismos narrativos claramente herdados de Cortázar, o óbvio torna-se a coisa se
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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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