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Kentukis / Little Eyes

Novel , 2018

Literatura Random House

Pages: 224

Longlisted for the 2020 International Booker Prize / A Guardian Best Novels of 2020 / A Sunday Times Best Sci-Fi Books of 2020

A visionary novel about our interconnected present, about the collision of horror and humanity, from a master of the spine-tingling tale.

They’ve infiltrated homes in Hong Kong, shops in Vancouver, the streets of in Sierra Leone, town squares in Oaxaca, schools in Tel Aviv, bedrooms in Indiana. They’re everywhere. They’re here. They’re us. They’re not pets, or ghosts, or robots. They’re real people, but how can a person living in Berlin walk freely through the living room of someone in Sydney? How can someone in Bangkok have breakfast with your children in Buenos Aires, without your knowing? Especially when these people are completely anonymous, unknown, unfindable.

The characters in Samanta Schweblin’s brilliant new novel, Little Eyes, reveal the beauty of connection between far-flung souls–but yet they also expose the ugly side of our increasingly linked world. Trusting strangers can lead to unexpected love, playful encounters, and marvelous adventure, butbut what happens when it can also pave the way for unimaginable terror? This is a story that is already happening; it’s familiar and unsettling because it’s our present and we’re living it, we just don’t know it yet. In this prophecy of a story, Schweblin creates a dark and complex world that’s somehow so sensible, so recognizable, that once it’s entered, no one can ever leave.

“Her most unsettling work yet—and her most realistic” –The New York Times

'Ingenious... An artful exploration of solitude and empathy in a globalised world." The Guardian

“I cannot remember a book so efficient in establishing character and propelling narrative; The writing, ably translated from the Spanish by Megan McDowell, is superb, fully living up to the promise of Schweblin’s stunning previous novel, “Fever Dream”; the sentences snap like a flag in a gale, especially when deployed to evoke small, vivid details…a slim volume as expansive and ambitious as an epic.” The New York Times Book Review

“In Little Eyes, Schweblin proves herself a master at conjuring portraits in miniature, each storyline illuminating some new aspect of the human ability to extract meaning and debasement from technology.” –Los Angeles Times

"Little Eyes makes for masterfully uneasy reading; it’s a book that burrows under your skin." Daily Telegraph

Little Eyes has much to say about connection and empathy in a globalised world. On a personal level, its investigation into solitude and online experience becomes only more poignant in a global lockdown.” –The Guardian. “The Best Books and Audiobooks of 2020”

"As the firecracker ending reminds us, with our real and virtual lives increasingly blurred, any one of those moments could be our own. Capacious, touching, and disquieting, this is not-so-speculative fiction for an overnetworked and underconnected age." Kirkus Review

"...these stories deal not in ‘truly brutal plots’ but ‘desperately human and quotidian’ urges, fears and scams. Schweblin shuns splashy dystopian gestures — think what a Stephen King or a Ray Bradbury might have done with this premise. In the middle of our stay-at-home, broadband-enabled apocalypse, that feels right." The Spectator

 "This brilliant and disturbing book resembles Margaret Atwood’s Handmaid’s Tale in how it speculates. The parts you think are made up are actually true. There are indeed wi-fi enabled robotic pets, animals who are cute and plugged in to the matrix, allowing people to talk across continents. But from this tiny detail Schweblin unspools a disquieting portrait of the dark sides of connectivity and the kinds of animalistic cyborgs it can make of us, as we walk through barriers that even spirits cannot cross." –John Freeman, Lit Hub Executive Editor

“A staggering view of contemporary voyeurism. A page-turner.” Gustavo Guerrero, editor of Éditions Gallimard

“You have to be observant and wise to write this. It’s original, it’s fresh, and it’s wise at the same time; it’s a mirror for all of us.”  Nelleke Geel, editor of Atlas Contact

“Literary explorer of 21st-century fears.” La Vanguardia

 “An excellent storyteller, but above all, a writer.” La Razón

 “She has a gift for the purest original and revealing fiction.” Babelia, El País

Kentukis has a lot in common with the Black Mirror universe. It’s equal parts suffocating and addictive, and mixes small details of domestic life with the dark side of technology in a disconcertingly natural way. [...] About voyeurism, the pleasure of looking at other eyes.” El Mundo

 “An intelligent reflection on solitude and privacy in our society.” ABC

“How technology impregnates our relationships, and connects and disconnects us at the same time.” El Confidencial

“Schweblin delves once again into the disturbing boundaries of what we call “normality.” Letras Libres

“This is not science fiction; this is now.” El Diario

“Le storie sono prodigiose, verosimili e sinistre. Parlano di qualcosa di profondo e indecifrabile che ci riguarda.” La Repubblica

“Schweblin has managed to brilliantly lure us in with a story from which we emerge as wounded as we are fascinated.” Culturas

 “Flies over the solitude of contemporary society.” Diario Vasco

 “A good critical look at contemporary life within a very enjoyable fable.” Santos Sanz Villanueva, El Cultural

 “A nightmare almost like the Facebook data leaks and Russian bots.” The Objective

“Samantha Schweblin knows how to handle the fantastic with wisdom and ferocity.” La Repubblica

"[...] With this toy, Schweblin finds the perfect hybrid between the animal and the social network, to dissect problems that concern all of us: the evil dimension of the internet, the global epidemic of loneliness, the stupid inertia that lead us to be part of any major trend or existential delocalization. As per usual in the poetic writing of this Argentinian writer, the monstrosity of it all is not in the outside world, but inside of us." Jorge Carrión, The New York Times Es

"It is the novel of the lustrum at least; an exceptional novel. When lists about the 10 best novels of the century start appearing, Kentukis will be there". Luisgé Martín

"The Argentine literary sensation—whose work is weird, wondrous, and wise—leads a vanguard of Latin American writers forging their own 21st-century canon." Oprah Magazine, 28 of the Best Books to Transport You This Summer, Written By Women Around the World