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OUR SHARE OF NIGHT

Mariana Enríquez

  • Original Title: NUESTRA PARTE DE NOCHE
  • Publication date: November 2019
  • Publisher: EDITORIAL ANAGRAMA. S. A.
  • Country: AR
  • 680 print pages
  • Fantastic/Urban Fantasy

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  • Epoch: Historical
  • Time Period: 20th century
  • Location setting: Argentina
  • Themes: FAMILY, Dysfunctional family, Intergenerational, Childhood, Paternity, Filiation, Mourning, PEOPLE facing life, Coming of age, Disease, Death, PEOPLE facing the extraordinary, Conspiracy, Rivalry, SOCIETY DYSFUNCTIONS, Indoctrination, Violence, Power, Totalitarian regime, Fanaticism, War and other conflicts, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Friendship, LOVE / HATE, Amorous urge

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A multi-generational gothic-inspired saga set against the backdrop of the military junta in Argentina in the 1970s and ’80s. The young Gaspar becomes involved with a secret society run by his dead mother’s family, who seek eternal life by engaging in horrific rituals, human sacrifice among them.

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Translation rights sold: US, Italy, Brazil, Poland, China, Taiwan

Winner of the 2019 Herralde Prize

Mariana Enríquez is an Argentinian author and journalist. Her novels include LAS COSAS QUE PERDIMOS EN EL FUEGO (2016), which was sold to 20 international publishers before it was even published in Spanish and won the Premio Ciutat de Barcelona (2017). Some of her stories have been published in Granta in Spanish as well as in English magazines like McSweeney’s and Asymptote.

Summary

OUR SHARE OF NIGHT is a Gothic-inspired tale set against the backdrop of the military junta in Argentina in the 1970s and ’80s. The story follows a protagonist named Gaspar as he and his father travel from Buenos Aires to the Iguazú Falls on the border of Brazil. There Gaspar becomes involved with a secret society run by his dead mother’s family, who seek eternal life by engaging in horrific rituals, human sacrifice among them. The novel explores issues of family, power, and politics.

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  • Author’s biography

    Mariana Enríquez (Buenos Aires, 1973) graduated in Journalism and Social Communications from the Universidad Nacional de La Plata and writes for Radar, the arts and culture supplement of the Argentinian newspaper Página/12. Her novels include BAJAR ES LO PEOR (1995), CÓMO DESAPARECER COMPLETAMENTE (2004) and CHICOS QUE VUELVEN (2010). LAS COSAS QUE PERDIMOS EN EL FUEGO (2016) was sold to 20 international publishers before it was even published in Spanish and won the Premio Ciutat de Barcelona (2017). Some of her stories have been published in Granta in Spanish as well as in English magazines like McSweeney’s and Asymptote.