'Samanta Schweblin writes at the very end of the possible. Her stories are mesmerising, exquisitely crafted and deeply unsettling. Each sentence is as precise and invasive as an expertly wielded scalpel.'
Seven Empty Houses
Longlisted for the National Book Award for Translated Literature, 2022Samanta Schweblin
The collection that established Samanta Schweblin at the forefront of her literary generation, available in English for the first time
The seven houses in these seven stories are strange. A person is missing, or a truth, or memory; some rooms are enticing, some unmoored, others empty. But in Samanta Schweblin’s tense, visionary tales, something always creeps back in: a ghost, a fight, trespassers, a list of things to do before you die, or the fallibility of parents.
Seven Empty Houses offers an entry point into a fiercely original mind, and a slingshot into Schweblin’s destabilizing, exhilarating literary world. In each story, the twists and turns will unnerve and surprise: Schweblin never takes the expected path and instead digs under the skin and reveals uncomfortable truths about our sense of home, of belonging, and of the fragility of our connections with others. This is a masterwork from one of our most brilliant modern writers.
'[Schweblin's] particular genius lies in the fact that there’s something inherently savage and ungovernable about her work.'
'Starting a story by the Argentinian Samanta Schweblin is like tumbling into a dark hole with no idea where you'll end up.'
‘I find Samanta’s writing to be simply superb. She keeps you gripped to her writing and turning the pages long after you should have returned to other tasks… This is an excellent collection of short stories looking at our ordinary domestic lives, and I will certainly be recommending this book to all who will listen.’