Mouthful of Birds

Pages: 240
Subject: Fiction, Translated Fiction
Imprint: Oneworld

Mouthful of Birds

Samanta Schweblin

Translated by Megan McDowell
A spellbinding collection of short stories from the Argentinian sensation Samanta Schweblin
9781786074560 (22 Jan 2019)
RRP £12.99

The Book


A spellbinding, eerily unsettling collection of short stories from the Argentinian sensation Samanta Schweblin, author of Fever Dream

Mouthful of Birds is the award-winning collection by Samanta Schweblin, critically acclaimed author of Fever Dream. Unearthly and unexpected, these stories burrow their way into your psyche with the feel of a sleepless night, where every shadow and bump in the dark takes on huge implications, leaving your pulse racing and blurring the line between the real and the strange.

With her hallmark style, made popular by Fever Dream - hailed as ‘terrifying and brilliant...dangerously addictive' by the Guardian - Samanta Schweblin haunts and mesmerizes in this extraordinary, masterful collection.

Additional Information

Subject Fiction, Translated Fiction
Pages 240
Imprint Oneworld


About the Author

Samanta Schweblin is the author of three story collections that have won numerous awards, including the prestigious Juan Rulfo Story Prize, and been translated into twenty languages. Her debut novel Fever Dream was shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize 2017. Originally from Buenos Aires, she lives in Berlin.

Megan McDowell has translated books by many contemporary South American and Spanish authors, and her translations have been published in The New Yorker, Harper's and The Paris Review. She lives in Chile.


'In this slim and superb book, Schweblin takes on the desire to love, to parent, and to care for one's own body - hardly extraordinary themes - and invests them with a fresh poignancy.'

- Vogue, Most Anticipated Books of 2019

'Impressive...Schweblin is among the most acclaimed Spanish-language writers of her generation.'

- New York Times

‘The Grimm brothers and Franz Kafka pay a visit to Argentina in Samanta Schweblin's darkly humorous tales of people who have slipped through cracks or fallen down holes into alternate realities.'

- J.M. Coetzee

‘At once fantastically out there and real to the point of being haunting.'

- Vanity Fair

‘Schweblin's imagination seemingly knows no bounds.'


'If you were a fan of Fever Dream, Schweblin's Man Booker International Prize-shortlisted nightmarish novella, brace yourself for this similarly surreal "unearthly” and "unsettling” collection of short stories. If you're a stranger to her work, take JM Coetzee's word for it: "The Grimm Brothers and Franz Kafka pay a visit to Argentina in Samanta Schweblin's darkly humorous tales of people who have slipped through the cracks or fallen down holes into alternative realities”.'

- Huffington Post India

‘Schweblin once again deplys a heavy dose of nightmare fuel in this frightening, addictive collection... Canny, provocative and profoundly unsettling.'

- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

‘Schweblin builds dense and uncanny worlds, proing the psychology of human relationships and the ways we perceive existence and interpret culture, with dark humour and sharp teeth... An unquestionably imaginative author.'

- Kirkus Review

‘Samanta has a unique, inventive voice, and her stories have this ability to veer off into strange and unexpected territories with sublime grace. I admire and envy this gift.'

- Daniel Alarcón, author of At Night We Walk in Circles

‘Surreal and haunting, spare yet complex, Samanta Schweblin's fiction is like little else being written right now.'

- Literary Hub

‘Surreal, disturbing and decidedly original.'

- Library Journal

‘[Schweblin] can evoke more feelings in one sentence than many writers can in a whole story... Mouthful of Birds is a stunning achievement from a writer whose potential is beginning to seem limitless.'


‘What separates Schweblin from the pack is the firm foot she has planted in frank horror, and her laconic style… Mouthful of Birds is precisely that rare mix: beauty and horror.'

- Minneapolis Star-Tribune



‘[A] surreal and uncanny and perfectly discomfiting collection that will likely keep us all up for many nights to come.'

- Literary Hub

‘Dark, unsettling images, a sort of half-fevered, all-dazed awareness of the world outside. Schweblin is an absolute master.'

- Remezcla

‘Schweblin is back with this book of short stories, each more unnerving than the last, and all with the unique ability to leave you with that throbbing, pulsing feeling following an electric shock or a sleepless night or a solid scare or all of the above.'


‘Clever and morbidly funny.'

- Book Riot

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