Humiliation - Stories
An award-winning debut voice from Chile, Paulina Flores will appeal to readers of Ottessa Moshfegh—those who prefer their fictional worlds slightly off-kilter—and to fans of Eve Babitz—those who prefer their fictional characters flawed, filled with life, and revealed by a few pointed details
Flores has also already been compared favorably by critics to Alice Munro and Anton Chekhov
So many of these stories are beautifully peripatetic, in the great tradition that so many Latin American stories are
Flores has a knack for endings that will leave you reeling, as if she were employing O. Henry's epiphany on acid
These stories overturn cliche expectations of what a short story should be; they often end by demonstrating the ways in which disgrace and deceptions pile up on those at the fringes of economies and communities. These stories will discomfit even as they compel you to read furiously to the end
Already sold into five languages, Humiliation is translated by Megan McDowell, whose English translation of Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin was short-listed for the 2017 Booker, and whose English translation of Ways of Going Home by Alejandro Zambra won the 2013 English PEN Award for writing in translation. McDowell was born and raised in Richmond, Kentucky, and now lives in Santiago, Chile.
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In its Spanish-language editions, Humiliation won the Roberto Bolaño Prize, the Circle of Art Critics Prize, the Municipal Literature Prize, and was selected as one of the ten best books of the year by the newspaper El País.
Bookseller Praise for Humiliation
"These nine stories from Chilean writer Paulina Flores are tender, refreshingly simple, and perfectly contoured, intimate shapes. Hopeful encounters are threaded with deception, and the discomfort of delusions and sabotage unfold on each page. I felt pity for these characters—the depressed dad so desperate for a job he drags his young daughters on foot through the heat to a questionable location; the lost child used as a prop; poor, Smiths-loving teenagers scheming to steal from a church—as well as frustration and shame, and ultimately, forgiveness for the missteps we all take while pursuing hope in an ugly, unkind world." —Gina Balibrera Amyx, Literati Bookstore (Ann Arbor, MI)
"Borne of adolescent embarrassments and adulthood's betrayals, the stories in Humiliation capture failure and disgrace with moments that both are palpable and hit unsettlingly close to home. Paulina Flores's oeuvre of short fiction is some of the best I've read all year." —Uriel Perez, BookPeople (Austin, TX)
"Paulina Flores’s debut is a remarkably accomplished collection that centers on the singular pain that comes with humiliation, despite the varied circumstances that lead to it. Flores skillfully varies voice and form, but the collection is unified and consistently engaging—exactly what I look for in a short story collection. This is another great volume of women in translation from Catapult." —Keith Mosman, Powell's Books (Portland, OR)