This World Does Not Belong to Us

Pages: 192
Subject: Fiction
Imprint: Oneworld

This World Does Not Belong to Us

Natalia García Freire

Translated by Victor Meadowcroft
Secrets and revenge converge in this chilling tale from a breakout new Latin American voice
9780861541904 (5 May 2022)
RRP £12.99

The Book


Secrets and revenge converge in this chilling tale from a breakout new Latin American voice

Many years have passed since Lucas was expelled from his childhood home by Felisberto and Eloy, the two men who arrived and made it their own. Now he has returned, uninvited, to reclaim his inheritance. But he is not interested in the house as it once was, in his mother's lovingly planted flowerbeds or the lavish portraits covering every wall. Lucas belongs to a darker world, one crawling with the only creatures he really trusts: insects. As the house crumbles before his eyes, Lucas turns to the allies of his underground kingdom to help him take revenge.

Weaving together past and present like a spider's web, This World Does Not Belong to Us is a spine-tingling story of human greed, from a masterful new literary voice.

Additional Information

Subject Fiction
Pages 192
Imprint Oneworld


About the Author

Natalia García Freire is a journalist and author from Cuenca, Ecuador. She has a Master's degree in Creative Writing from the Escuela de Escritores in Madrid, and alongside her writing she now teaches Creative Writing at the University of Azuay in Ecuador. This World Does Not Belong to Us was first published in Spanish in 2019. It is her debut novel.


'One of the debut novels that most stood out this year in Latin America.'

- New York Times

'Ecuadorian writer Natalia García Freire shows an astonishingly mature style in her debut novel.'

- El País

'Who would have thought that a novel so overflowing with animals, insects, flowers, and shrubs could teach us so much about ourselves?'

- Latin American Literature Today

'Tremendous, a delight.'

- Mónica Ojeda, author of Mandíbula

'García Freire takes us to the deepest parts of the human condition.'

- Página Dos

'This World Does Not Belong to Us leads the reader into the deepest, darkest regions of human existence, where what is most infected and rotten becomes beautiful and liberating.'

- Toda Literatura

'Why do we need to read this book? Because like all good literature, as full of inventions as it may seem, it contains a core of truth about human nature. We need to read this book because we are all parents or children and at some point we have questioned or question what it is to be a father, what it is to be a child.' 

- Recordo

'Natalia García Freire is unbelievably young to have written a first work of such talent.'

- Relatos en construcción

'There's an echo of Juan Rulfo's Pedro Páramo in this novel. The return home, the search for a father or at least the memory of him. The ghosts. Only here, instead of the murmurs, we have a constant buzzing of insects and the noise of animals.'

- María José Navia, author of Sant

'I am moved by its tenderness, the shadow of its flight, the kingdom it comes from. Insect and poverty. Larva and death.'

- Dara Scully, author of Animal de Nieve