Hungry For What

María Bastarós


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Daunt Books
6 June 2024
ISBN: 9781914198687
288 pages

From the publisher

Translated by Kevin Gerry Dunn

Violence and desire shatter the smooth surface of the everyday in this exceptional collection of blackly comic short stories.

A game between a woman’s father and husband simmers and boils into scalding danger; a daughter creates an elaborate feast for her grieving mother; a solar eclipse burns emotions and deceit out into the open; a girl flees across a desert in the pitch-black night. In these stories of suffocating atmosphere, the bland restraint of ordinary life careers into violence and darkness; they are hand grenades thrown at mundanity and the status quo.

Foregrounding the voices and experiences of women and children and veering from claustrophobic suburbia to untamed nature and its great vistas of desert and sky, hungry for what focuses on the terror of normality, prising back its veneer of respectability to reveal the hostility and menace seething beneath.

‘These stories of girlhood and sexuality are wonderfully powerful: sensual in their craftsmanship, devastating in their effect. I keep on going back to them to marvel at Bastaros’ ambition and her risks. I loved, loved, loved this book.’ - Naomi Wood

‘Addictive, risky and structurally impeccable.’ - Aixa de la Cruz

‘A Molotov cocktail made into a choral and feminist novel, mocking and poetic.’ Andrea Núñez, Literaturbia

‘An enveloping and disturbing universe that connects with our most primal fears, the reverse side of desire and the terror of the everyday.’  - Marta Ailouti, The Objective