Portobello Books has acquired The Things We Lost in the Fire - a “chilling, compulsive” collection of gothic short stories - at auction.
UK and Commonwealth rights to the collection, by Argentine writer Mariana Enriquez, were acquired by editor Anne Meadows from Sandra Pareja at Casanovas & Lynch. Rights have also been sold at auction to Alexis Washam at Hogath (US), Anagrama (Spain), and Meridiaan (Netherlands).
Enriquez has been called a “dazzling new voice” in international literature and has garnered praise from writers such as Helen Oyeyemi and Kelly Link. The Things We Lost in the Fire will be Enriquez's English-language debut.
Meadows said: “Reading Enriquez is a bruising, thrilling experience. Her stories do not appease. They take the reader to places she’d rather not go and then gently, almost wickedly, unravel her sense of security. Enriquez is a master of the macabre but these are not cheap thrills – each slice of darkness is there for a reason, and each one of these stories is politically charged. I couldn’t be more thrilled to make the end of Women in Translation Month by bringing such an unusual, distinctive writer to the Portobello list.”
Helen Oyeyemi, author of Boy, Snow, Bird said: “These spookily clear-eyed, elementally intense stories are the business. I find myself no more able to defend myself from their advances than Enriquez’s funny, brutal, bruised characters are able to defend themselves from life as it’s lived.”
Portobello will publish The Things We Lost in the Fire in the spring of 2017.