Human Sacrifices

Maria Fernanda Ampuero


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Influx Press
18 May 2023
ISBN: 9781914391224
138 pages

From the publisher

Translated by Frances Riddle

'María Fernanda Ampuero’s writing is pure horror and aesthetic joy. Human Sacrifices is a magnificent book that still haunts me to this day.'
– Mónica Ojeda, author of Jawbone

'Bold and powerful, this collection of short stories plows right through the wound—of having a body, of being a woman, of remaining, against all odds, alive.'
 Cristina Rivera Garza, author of Liliana’s Invincible Summer

‘María Fernanda Ampuero’s Human Sacrifices wields the kind of brutal and explosive writing I crave to read. A barbed, deeply affecting collection of short fiction that brims with razor-sharp prose and uncompromising cruelty, this book will linger in the mind with the same excruciating ache of an invisible wound. Human Sacrifices is masterful and profoundly distressing, and something that I will read again and again.’
—Eric LaRocca, author of Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke

A groundbreaking voice in contemporary Latin American literature, María Fernanda Ampuero confronts machismo, inequity, and violence in her latest short story collection. An undocumented woman answers a job posting only to find herself held hostage, a group of outcasts obsess over popular boys drowned while surfing, and two girls suspect sinister behavior from the missionaries lodging in their home.

Simultaneously terrifying and exquisite, Human Sacrifices is “tropical gothic” at its finest. Ampuero considers the decay and oppression beneath the surface of our humid and hostile world, where those on the margins must pay the price for the comfort and safety of the elite. These twelve stories contemplate the nature of exploitation and abuse, illuminating the realities of those society consumes and leaves behind.