Distancia de rescate

Distancia de rescate / Fever Dream: A Novel

Novel , 2014

Literatura Random House

Pages: 128

2017 Shirley Jackson Award (Novella)

Best Book of 2017 by The Guardian, The Boston Globe, The Economist

Shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize 2017

A young woman named Amanda lies dying in a rural hospital clinic. A boy named David sits beside her. She’s not his mother. He's not her child. Together, they tell a haunting story of broken souls, toxins, and the power and desperation of family.

Fever Dream is a nightmare come to life, a ghost story for the real world, a love story and a cautionary tale. One of the freshest new voices to come out of the Spanish language, Samanta Schweblin creates an aura of strange psychological menace and otherworldly reality in this absorbing, unsettling, taut novel.

"Like another unforgettable short novel about a woman speeding towards a foreshadowed doom, Muriel Spark’s The Driver’s Seat, Schweblin’s book leaves the reader with detective work to do. But Fever Dream’s ambiguities, and the intricate psychologies with which Schweblin invests her characters, mean that rereading proves rewarding even when the suspense is removed. Wherever you decide the truth lies, aspects of Amanda’s story will continue to puzzle and haunt you long after she stops being able to tell it." –Chris Power, The Guardian

“No previous book, at least, has filled me with unease the way Fever Dream did… It’s a slim book, and it belongs to the category of short, impressionistic novels best consumed in a single sitting… The genius of Fever Dream is less in what it says than in how Schweblin says it, with a design at once so enigmatic and so disciplined that the book feels as if it belongs to a new literary genre altogether.”—Jia Tolentino, NewYorker.com

"Samanta Schweblin’s electric story reads like a Fever Dream." Vanity Fair  

"Genius." —Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker 

"If Pedro Páramo and The Twilight Zone had a baby, it would look like this. "—Dan Sheehan, Literary Hub's Favorite Books of 2017 

“Schweblin writes in a spare and highly impressionistic style that embraces instability: of space, identity, and the reader’s trust… Schweblin, like Gray and Ball, has found ways to electrify and destabilize the physical world.”  Los Angeles Times

"Samanta Schweblin is another example of the excellent health of Argentinian literature. (...) Schweblin's writing is exceptional in its precision and for the way it utilizes silence. And silence, the power of what is not said, is what moves any narrative closer to poetry. " 10 Essential 21st-Century Spanish Language Books, by Elvira Navarro, Publishers Weekly 

“This small debut novel packs a mighty, and lingering, punch. In Fever Dream Samanta Schweblin wraps contemporary nightmares, both private and public, into a compact, but explosive, package. Ms Schweblin delivers a skin-prickling masterclass in dread and suspense. Sentence by sinister sentence, she instils and then intensifies ‘a terrifying feeling of doom.’” The Economist

“Samanta Schweblin’s electric story reads like a Fever Dream.”—Vanity Fair

“Mesmerizing... Schweblin, though, is an artist of remarkable restraint… Schweblin renders psychological trauma with such alacrity that the conceit of a poisoned environment feels almost beside the point.” —Washington Post

“An absorbing and inventive tale that some will label ‘magical realism,’ like the work of Schweblin's fellow South American writers Gabriel García Márquez and Jorge Luis Borges. But Schweblin is a fine mythmaker, singular in her own fantastical artistry.”—Houston Chronicle

“A remarkable accomplishment in literary suspense.”—New York Journal of Books

“If you want to read something that terrifies you and upsets you, and makes you feel like you’re going crazy, yet also makes you feel like you can’t put it down and you never want it to end because you love it so much, this is the book for you… It’s some of the most compelling, fantastic writing I’ve ever read!” —BookRiot

“This is a weird hallucination of a book—reading it feels like an experience, like something that happens to you, as infectious and mysterious and unstoppable and possibly magical as the disease that powers its plot.” —LitHub

Fever Dream is worth reading for its inventiveness alone. Schweblin gives us memorable characters and a haunting parable, all in fewer than 200 short pages.” –Maddie Crum, Huffington Post

“A taut, exquisite page-turner vibrating with existential distress and cumulative dread…Once the top blows off Schweblin's chest of horrors, into which we'd been peeking through a masterfully manipulated crack, what remains is an unsettling and significant dissection of maternal love and fear, of the devastation we've left to the future, and of our inability to escape or control the unseen and unimagined threats all around us. In a literary thriller of the highest order, Schweblin teases out the underlying anxieties of being vulnerable and loving vulnerable creatures and of being an inhabitant of a planet with an increasingly uncertain future.” Kirkus, Starred review

“[A] pulsating debut…Schweblin guides her reader through a nightmare scenario with amazing skill.” Publishers Weekly

“A breath of fresh air… Those who are willing to stay with this book will find the experience like no other and well worth the effort. Readers of Samuel Beckett, Jorge Luis Borges, García Márquez, and other magical realism practitioners will devour this brilliant, unsettling novel.”—Library Journal, Starred Review

“After reading Fever Dream, I wanted Schweblin to let the rope out more. Not because Fever Dream isn’t an almost perfect short novel — because it most certainly is. But because I wanted to see what Schweblin could do when she went deeper into the place where she so skillfully had taken me.”—Washington Post

“ exceptional…of course our real guide is Samanta Schweblin, translated perfectly by Megan McDowell, who for my money is the best Spanish-to-English translator around. Schweblin writes with such restraint that I never questioned a sentence or a statement. This is the power of the short novel: Stripped down to its essentials, her story all but glows.” –NPR

“Schweblin’s sublime command of form, together with the power, restraint and precision of her prose, result in a work of almost fathomless intellectual and psychological richness that unfolds with the compulsiveness of a thriller.”  –Matthew Adams, The National

 “20 Short Novels to Stay Up All Night Reading,” “This is a weird hallucination of a book—reading it feels like an experience, like something that happens to you, as infectious and mysterious and unstoppable and possibly magical as the disease that powers its plot. There is absolutely no way to put it down without breaking the spell, so make sure you’re comfy.” –Emily Temple, LitHub

Where New and Noteworthy Books BeginPoets and Writers, PW.org

“Samanta Schweblin is one of Latin America's best young authors, and Fever Dream is her breathtaking English-language debut.” –Paste Magazine

“The unique style, the quick paced rhythm and the amazingly wise and compact storytelling create a special novel that will stay in your mind long after you put this book down.” —Etgar Keret, author of The Seven Good Years

“Samanta Schweblin will injure you, however safe you may feel.”  —Jesse Ball, author of How to Set a Fire and Why and A Cure for Suicide

Fever Dream is a small masterpiece, a beautiful and chillingly contemporary book. Every word throbs a kind of wisdom that can only come from a meticulous and fully engaged observation of reality.”—Alejandro Zambra, author of Multiple Choice and My Documents

"Samanta Schweblin is a magician, and reading her work is an intense, almost physical experience. This mind-bending book sheds new light—or rather, new darkness—on the intense power of love in a poisoned world. You must read it. Prepare to be mesmerized, riveted, terrified, and changed."—Helen Phillips, author of The Beautiful Bureaucrat

"A wonderful nightmare of a book: tender and frightening, disturbing but compassionate. Fever Dream is a triumph of Schweblin's outlandish imagination."—Juan Gabriel Vásquez, author of The Sound of Things Falling and Reputations

"[Schweblin] has a unique, inventive voice, and her stories have this ability to veer off into strange and unexpected territories with sublime grace. I admire and envy this gift." —Daniel Alarcón, author of At Night We Walk in Circles

Interview with Samanta Schweblin at Literature Hub: 'Samanta Schweblin on revealing darkness through fiction' / Jan. 12, 2017

“a beautifully hallucinatory and dreadful experience.”New York Magazine’s The Cut

"Perhaps the most surreal (in the true sense of the word) psychological thriller on the market […] A mind-bending novel." Reedsy