Tender is the Flesh

Agustina Bazterrica

NOVEL. CLARIN-ALFAGUARA, 2017. 256 PAGES

A virus that initially spreads among animals proves deadly to humans, turning the world into a grey, cynical and inhospitable place. Society is divided between those who eat and those who are eaten.

This is an important, powerful novel depicting a nightmarish future in which cannibalism has become legitimate across most of the world thanks to a virus among animals that is deadly to humans. Where is the room for humanity when the bodies of the dead are burned to prevent them from being eaten? What relationships might one forge when we really are what we eat? This is a pitiless dystopia; as brutal as it is subtle, as allegorical as it is realist.

The New York Times Review

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Words Without Borders Review

Kirkus Review

Clarín Article

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"Horribly effective... This provocative novel expertly wields a double-edged cleaver..."

The Guardian

 

"From the first words of the Argentine novelist Agustina Bazterrica's second novel, "Tender Is the Flesh," the reader is already the livestock in the line, reeling, primordially aware that this book is a butcher's block, and nothing that happens next is going to be pretty."

New York Times Book Review

 

"Taut and thought-provoking...a chilling and alarmingly prophetic book...this is an urgent cautionary tale...timely, crucial."
Words Without Border

 

"It is a testament to Bazterrica's skill that such a bleak book can also be a page-turner. An unrelentingly dark and disquieting look at the way societies conform to committing atrocities."
Kirkus Reviews

 

"This book will pull you in, take hold, and not let go until you reach the final page-perhaps far longer than that. Without a doubt, my favorite read of this year." 

Christina Dalcher, author of Vox


  "At what price is a world without animals viable? That's the question posted by Argentinian author Agustina Bazterrica.... With an artfulness perfectly calibrated with irony, [she] presents an astounding portrait of a humanity ready to do anything to satisfy itself, even at its own expense.

Le Monde

 

"Heiress to Orwell, the Argentinian author deploys a voice as vivid as it is chilling. In an increasingly dehumanized world, she pushes us to a dizzying reflection on violence, love, [and] power.

Livres Hebdo  

 

"A biting and uncompromising expression of what happens daily in our society."

La Nación

 

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