Latin American Literature
Things We Lost in the Fire
by Mariana Enriquez
Things We Lost in the Fire is a series of twelve short stories, each serving as a social commentary on the darker side of present-day life in Argentina. Influenced by violent mythologies, there are ghosts and supernatural apparitions and occurrences. They are macabre tales of extreme circumstances, broken marriages, mental illness, abuse, torture and murder, to name a few. All reveal some aspect of the human condition.
Ms. Enriquez is a journalist and novelist who seems deeply connected to her homeland. She is skilled at portraying disturbing detail with purpose, but without rigidity or farce. Her stories are filled with haunting and memorable images one will not soon forget.