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Paradais

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Paradais

By  Fernanda Melchor , Translated by  Sophie Hughes
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Author of the acclaimed novel Hurricane Season, Fernanda Melchor leads us into a different kind of hell: paradise

Inside a luxury housing complex, two misfit teenagers sneak around and get drunk. Franco Andrade, lonely, overweight, and addicted to porn, obsessively fantasizes about seducing his neighbor—an attractive married woman and mother—while Polo dreams about quitting his grueling job as a gardener within the gated community and fleeing his overbearing mother and their narco-controlled village. Each facing the impossibility of getting what he thinks he deserves, Franco and Polo hatch a mindless and macabre scheme.

Written in a chilling torrent of prose by one of our most thrilling new writers, Paradais explores the explosive fragility of Mexican society—with its racist, classist, hyperviolent tendencies—and how the myths, desires, and hardships of teenagers can tear life apart at the seams.

Born in Veracruz, Mexico, in 1982, Fernanda Melchor is “one of Mexico’s most exciting new voices” (The Guardian). Her novel Hurricane Season was shortlisted for the International Booker Prize, longlisted for the National Book Award, and was a New York Times Notable Book.

Sophie Hughes has also translated José Revueltas and Enrique Vila-Matas for New Directions. She was shortlisted for the 2019 and 2020 International Booker Prize.

ISBN: 9780811231329

ISBN-10: 9780811231329

Publisher: New Directions

Publication Date: 05/10/2022 - 12:00am

On Sale: 05/10/2022 - 12:00am

Pages: 128

Language: English

Categories

Fiction / World Literature / Mexico

Fiction / Thrillers / Crime

Fiction / Noir