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Tender Is the Flesh

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  1,374 ratings  ·  281 reviews
The electrifying, award-winning, internationally bestselling novel about a dystopian world in which animals have been wiped out, humans are being harvested for food, and society has been divided into those who eat and those who are eaten.

Working at the local processing plant, Marcos is in the business of slaughtering humansthough no one calls them that anymore. His wife
Paperback, 224 pages
Expected publication: August 4th 2020 by Scribner (first published November 29th 2017)
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Nenia ⚡ Aspiring Evil Overlord ⚡ Campbell
"imagines a dystopian world in which animals have been wiped out, humans are being harvested for food, and society has been divided into those who eat and those who are eaten"

omg that's fucking terrifying
Bel Riddle
Jan 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nac-pop
Ese final, AMIGO.
Christina Dalcher
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, arcs
Im breaking my indefinite hiatus as an active Goodreads member because I. Need. To. Shout. Out. This. Book.

The logline says it all, creates the world, and asks the question: Everyone is eating human meat. Would you?

Bazterrica gives us a wonderfully conflicted main character, a story that will rip into your heart, scenes that you might want to forget (but wont be able to). If you read this book and keep your focus at the sentence level, youll miss something. If you read this book and take the
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As he drags the body of the female to the barn to slaughter it, he says to Cecilia, his voice radiant, so pure it wounds: She has the human look of a domesticated animal
Never in my life have a I read a more vile, nausea inducing, and important novel. In parts this was a story of love, of loss, family, and most importantly, cannibalism. Agustina Bazterricas second novel Tender is the Flesh has won countless awards and now translated into nine languages, it seems the Argentinian writer has
A book like this needs a powerful ending ("He loved Big Brother."), and Bazterrica nails it.
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Apr 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs-read
thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an ARC! 3.5 stars to this one ⭐ this is the first book in a long time so horrifying that it made me physically ill. i assumed it would be a tough one after reading the description, but i didnt realize just how gruesome it would really be. im glad that Bazterrica didnt shy away from showing every grisly moment. the story was incredibly compelling and definitely worth reading if youre in the mood to question every aspect of your humanity and morality! 🙃 ...more
Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pulls absolutely zero punches. This book staples your face to its point and does not let you close your eyes. I'm a huge fan of bold fiction that tells uncomfortable truths and still there were times I had to close this book and just sit with an image for a second, feeling the disgust (at myself, at the society we live in) rise up in my throat. Not for the faint of heart, but quite literally unforgettable.
TW/CW: cannibalism, sexual violence, torture, murder

My two update statements "Brutal. Graphic. Disgusting. But I guess that's the point." and "Horrifying. Every new detail of this dystopian world makes me sad and disgusted. Let's just say: this book is definitely getting it's point across. Not for the faint of heart." definitely apply to the whole damn book. It's not a pleasant reading experience. I definitely want to forget a few scenes. Because it's so so so messed up. The whole world is so so
Karla Brading
Addictive reading.... If you have a strong stomach. Never have I been so sickened by post apocalyptic subject matter. There's word it's going to be adapted for TV too. Please don't. I'll throw up! Intelligent writing. Disturbing ideas. Worth a look... If you dare!
Jan 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A highly disturbing and dark dystopia that is by no means a comfortable read. I still recommend it as a short but impactful book.
Feb 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Didnt expect to finish this so fast but it is excellent. Gripping, disturbing and terrifying. Loved it. ...more
Jan 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I devoured and ponder over this book after turning the final page, now my thoughts have marinated, I can now regurgitate them to you, and why you should absolutely purchase this horrific bookish bite. Tender Is The Flesh was written in Argentinian by Agustina Bazterrica, and translated into English by Sarah Moses. If I can tempt you  with this novella treat, it's available to pre - order today for publication day tomorrow. You can check it out here.

If you're not into gore, this may not be the
Helen DeBurca
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nauseating yet beautiful and utterly heartbreaking.
Hannah Read
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is possibly one of the most stomach-churning dystopian novels I have ever read, but it's certainly up there with the greats. Bazterrica's world that she has created is grim and sickening, yet the way she writes about it makes it even more horrifying - it's incredibly gruesome and disturbing at points, yet as a narrator she is somewhat aloof and it makes it quite chilling. Marcos is an interesting character to follow as he carries on within the world that is his norm, and reading it will ...more
John Panther
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I feel very disturbed giving this a 5 star review...


... The book is so disturbingly engrossing.

Tejo, who is the main character, works in a major industry that deals with human 'heads' - specifically bred for the order of consumption.

The dystopia, thriller element is focused on a virus that contaminates all animals, causing the consumption of meat to become something deadly to humans. Therefore, humans are forced into the ideas of cannibalism and breeding specific humans, with artificial
Somewhat perplexing book. Incredulously macaber with more than enough intricate descriptions of mass butchering of humans.

I still don't know if this advocates against eating meat by portraying how cruel and ridiculous meat-production is. Or whether this simply tries to underly the cruelness of human nature and how vile we are and the kannibalism is simply a tool for telling that particular story.
Timo Laak
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I seriously began considering becoming a vegetarian while listening to this audiobook. I think it started as a really strong, even disturbingly detailed description of a society where cannibalism is part of the normal cuisine. I removed one star as the last quarter of the book doesn't really reach the same level.
Ruth Johnson
Mar 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A modern day 'Brave New World', with cannibalism. And so much better. This book had me absolutely hooked, and the characterisation was spot on. It explored some really interesting themes, and the stand out for me was how Bazterrica examined the creation, maintenance, and loss of identity. An absolutely incredible book.
Anne Goodwin
A refreshingly light, but not lightweight, dystopian novel about cannibalism, with themes of animal welfare, our collective disregard for humans deemed different to us, alongside the dehumanising culture of some types of work.
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Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Perhaps the best book of 2020. Absolutely devastating and a depressingly realistic portrait of what goes on everyday in our society. Not for the faint-heartedthats why everyone should read this book. ...more
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book about dystopia where cannibalism is legal. Humans are raised and butchered like cattle. I was loving and hating to read the book at same time. Only minus is, that the book could last longer than 247 pages.
Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A haunting and harrowing read with the current issues going on in society today. It was a great read and well written. If you're looking for a great dystopian read, pre-order this one now.
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It made me feel so sick.
Aug 07, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What the fuck did I just read?
Chantelle Hazelden
For a book that has been translated, it is written with a real finesse.

What I would describe as a deliciously dark Dystopian, I'd advice that this isn't a book for the faint hearted, not just because of how graphic it is in places but more so because what is talked about could actually be a reality one day in the future.

That's what makes it a real horror for me.

I'm telling you, Tender is the Heart is a book that you need to read this year!

Full review to come on my blog.
Lilli Leight
Im so mixed on this one. It was brilliantly written but horrifying. Tender is the Flesh is probably your worst nightmare come to life. It takes place in a dystopian world where a virus has turned all animal meat fatal. Peoples desire for meat eventually leads to the legalization of cannibalism. Now called special meat, the meat industry has figured out ways to sell, market, and grow humans for meat production. The story follows Marcos who happens to run a large meat plant. When he is gifted a ...more
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I don't even know why I kept reading this book. I think it was in hopes it would get better and something would happen. There was no real reason for it all, it was sometimes very twisted and interesting but this was only about 20% of the book. I could have gone without having this one on my 'read' list.
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Agustina Bazterrica nació en Buenos Aires, en 1974. Es Licenciada en Artes (UBA). Ganó el Primer Premio Municipal de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires Cuento Inédito 2004/5 y el Primer Premio en el XXXVIII Concurso Latinoamericano de Cuento Edmundo Valadés, Puebla, México, 2009, entre otros. Tiene cuentos y poesías publicados en antologías, revistas y diarios. Escribe reseñas y artículos para distintos ...more

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