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Hurricane Season (Paperback)

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By Fernanda Melchor, Sophie Hughes (Translated by)
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The English-language debut of one of the most thrilling and accomplished young Mexican writers

Longlisted for the National Book Award
Shortlisted for the Booker Prize
Winner of the Internationaler Literaturpreis
New York Public Library Best Books of 2020
Chicago Public Library Best Book of 2020

The Witch is dead. And the discovery of her corpse has the whole village investigating the murder. As the novel unfolds in a dazzling linguistic torrent, with each unreliable narrator lingering on new details, new acts of depravity or brutality, Melchor extracts some tiny shred of humanity from these charactersinners whom most people would write off as irredeemableforming a lasting portrait of a damned Mexican village.

Like Roberto Bolanos 2666 or Faulkners novels, Hurricane Season takes place in a world saturated with mythology and violencereal violence, the kind that seeps into the soil, poisoning everything around: its a world that becomes more and more terrifying the deeper you explore it.

About the Author

Fernanda Melchor, born in Veracruz, Mexico, in 1982, is widely recognized as one of the most exciting new voices of Mexican literature.

SOPHIE HUGHEShas translated numerous Spanish-language authors, including Jos Revueltas and Fernanda Melchor for New Directions.

Praise For…

Hurricane Season is, first and foremost, a horror storyits horror coming from rather than contrasting with the lyricism of Melchors prose. Instead of supplying a welcome breeze in the heat, the local river is where the children find the Witchs body. Sophie Hughess translation renders the expansive, punishing spirit of Mexican slang impressively.
— Emmanuel Ordez Angulo - New York Review of Books

Melchors English-language debut is a furious vortex of voices that swirl around a murder in a provincial Mexican town. Forceful, frenzied, violent, and uncompromising, Melchors depiction of a town ogling its own destruction is a powder keg that ignites on the first page and sustains its intense, explosive heat until its final sentence.
— Publishers Weekly

"A brutal portrait of small-town claustrophobia, in which machismo is a prison and corruption isnt just institutional but domestic, with families broken by incest and violence. Melchors long, snaking sentences make the book almost literally unputdownable, shifting our grasp of key events by continually creeping up on them from new angles. A formidable debut."
— Anthony Cummins - The Guardian

A dazzling novel and the English-language debut of one of Mexicos most exciting new voices.
— Marta Bausells - The Guardian

Written with pain and enormous skill, in a rhythm at once tearing and hypnotic,Hurricane Seasonis an account of the wreckage of a forsaken Mexicogoverned by nightmarish jungle law. An important, brave novel by a writer of extraordinary talent, magnificently translated by Sophie Hughes.
— Alia Trabucco Zern

Propelled by a violent lyricism and stunning immediacy,Hurricane Seasonmaps out a landscape in which social corrosion acquires a mythical shape. This masterful portrayal of contemporary Mexico, so vertiginous and bewitching it pulls you into its spiritual abyss from the opening page, is brilliantly rendered into English by Sophie Hughes. Fernanda Melchor is a remarkable talent.
— Chloe Aridjis

Hurricane Season is a hell of a force to be reckoned with.
— Claire-Louise Bennett

Melchorwields a sentence like a saber. She never flinches in the bold, precise strokesof Hurricane Season. In prose as precise andbreathtaking as it is unsettling, Melchor has crafted an unprecedented novelabout femicide in Mexico and how poverty and extreme power imbalances lead toviolence everywhere.
— Idra Novey, author of Those Who Knew

Hurricane Seasonis an unrelenting torrent of violence, barbarity, recrimination, sex, greed, trauma, corruption, neglect, fear, lust, deceit, baseness, and the insidiousness of evil. The young Mexican author writes with unflinching ferocity and her propulsive prose is simultaneously scintillating and suffocating.Hurricane Seasonbrings to mind other darkly delirious works of (semi)fiction like Rafael Chirbes'On the Edge, Bolano's2666, or even the novels of Santiago Gamboa. Inspired by a story Melchor encountered in a local newspaper,Hurricane Seasonoffers a testimonial of our increasingly depraved age of disconnection and disposability. Aremarkable, indelible work of art.
— Jeremy Garber, Powell's Books

Fernanda Melchor is part of a wave of real writing, a multi-tongue, variform, generationless, decadeless, ageless wave, that American contemporary literature must ignore if it is to hold on to its infantile worldview.
— Jesse Ball

Hurricane Seasonis an intense and hypnotic literary experience, where physical violence and the hostility of the landscape form a microcosm of helplessness. Fernanda Melchor's narrative maturity is powerful: a book that leaves you shaken.
— Mariana Enrquez

A bravura performance, teeming with life and fury. Melchor takes a single, brutal act and explodes it, giving voice to the legacies of tragedy and violence within, and daring us to look away.
— Sam Byers

FernandaMelchor not only writes with the furious power that is required by the issuesat hand, but on each page she shows that she has an eye and ear for it, as wellas a sharpness rarely seen in our literature.
— Yuri Herrera

Mexican writer Fernanda Melchor'ssubject is the inner life of misogynist violencefor both perpetrators and victimsand the collective mythmaking that sanctions such crimes or makes them disappear...The novel is a Gulf Coast noir from four characters perspectives, each circling the murder more closely than the last. All share a connection to the central suspect, Luismi, a dreamy, drug-addled ex-lover of the Witch who, it turns out, is not some dreadful creature but a trans woman who practices traditional medicine and throws clandestine parties. Their relationship serves as a Rorschach test for Melchors narrators, whose actions reveal not only the details of the crime but the fears, resentments and unacknowledged lusts that condense around it like a distorting mist....Shecreates a narrative that not only decries an atrocity but embodies the beauty and vitality it perverts.Impressive.
— Julian Lucas - The New York Times

Fernanda Melchor has a powerful voice, and by powerful I mean unsparing, devastating, the voice of someone who writes with rage, and has the skill to pull it off.
— Samanta Schweblin

Brutal, relentless, beautiful, fugal,Hurricane Seasonexplores the violent mythologies of one Mexican village and reveals how they touch the global circuitry of capitalist greed. This is an inquiry into the sexual terrorism and terror of broken men. This is a work of both mystery and critique. Most recent fiction seems anemic by comparison.
— Ben Lerner

Intertwined voices spiral around the mysterious murder of The Witch in an isolated tropical town, revealing its depravities, secrets, family tragedies, violence, accumulating into a narrative hurricane that howls and devastates but also subsides into renewed light. Hurricane Seasona dark fable that captures the horrors and despair of contemporary Mexico as no other novel hasis already widely regarded as a contemporary Mexican classic.
— Francisco Goldman

Hurricane Season is a potent brew, an incantatory simmer of violence, sin, and envy, a thick, salty, blood-dark drink. Melchor dares her read to peer right into the story's roiling heart as she peels back village lusts and jealousies layer by layer, excavating a monstrous turbulence dwelling beneath, grotesque and darkly beguiling.
— Alexandra Kleeman

Hurricane Season is an intense and hypnotic literary experience, where physical violence and the hostility of the landscape for a microcosm of helplessness. Fernanda Melchor's narrative maturity is powerful: a book that leaves you shaken.
— Mariana Enrqiuez

Fernanda Melchor not only writes with the furious power that is required by the issues at hand, but on each page she shows that she has an eye and ear for it, as well as a sharpness rarely seen in our literature.
— Yuri Herrera
Product Details
ISBN: 9780811230735
ISBN-10: 0811230732
Publisher: New Directions
Publication Date: October 6th, 2020
Pages: 224
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