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Fever Dream

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Samanta Schweblin



‘The book I wish I had written’ Lisa Taddeo, author of Three Women and Animal

A young woman named Amanda lies dying in a remote Argentinian hospital. A boy named David sits beside her. 

She’s not his mother. He’s not her child.

At David’s ever more insistent prompting, Amanda recounts a series of events from the apparently recent past, a conversation that opens a chest of horrors. Together, they tell a haunting story of broken souls, toxins, and the power and desperation of family.

A chilling tale of maternal anxiety and ecological menace, Fever Dream is a modern classic. Samanta Schweblin’s unforgettable debut is a prescient warning about our manipulation of the natural world, and an unforgettable exercise in literary suspense. 

  • Publication date: October 5, 2017
  • ISBN: 9781786072382
  • RRP: £8.99
  • Pages: 160
  • Publication date: March 2, 2017
  • ISBN: 9781786070906
  • RRP: £12.99
  • Pages: 160
  • Publication date: March 2, 2017
  • ISBN: 9781786070913
  • RRP: £4.99
  • Pages: 192


‘A shifting, unstable fantasia inspired by fears about GM and environmental degradation’


‘A book to read in one frantic sitting – bold, uncanny and utterly gripping.’

Observer Best Fiction of 2017

'Read this in a single sitting and by the end I could hardly breathe. It's a total mind-wrecker. Amazing. Thrilling.'

Max Porter, author of Grief is the Thing with Feathers

‘An unnerving read, straddling the realms of the supernatural and of Argentina’s dark recent history.’

Financial Times Best Books of 2017

‘A gloriously creepy fable taking in bodyswapping, maternal dread and the dangers of GM crops.’

Guardian Best Fiction of 2017

‘Although I read it several months ago, this Argentinian novel, shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize, is still lurking like a particularly noxious hangover… It’s dazzling, unforgettable, and deeply strange. I’ve never read anything like it.’

Evening Standard, Books of the Year

‘Each layer is soaked in dread, and the dread goes so deep that it works even on the third reading.’

London Review of Books

'Transcends the sensational plot elements to achieve a powerful and humane vision.’

Financial Times

'Samanta Schweblin’s novella is a skilfully paced and intricate omen that tears not just at ecological anxieties but at the core of maternal love.’

Times Literary Supplement

‘This daring, ambiguous thriller is an apocalyptic lamentation for our world in free fall, a place in which nothing and no one, not even a child or a horse in a field, is safe.’ 

Irish Times


i newspaper

'Explosive...delivers a skin-prickling masterclass in dread and suspense.'


Samanta Schweblin

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.

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