Exploring themes of injustice, intricate trauma, and resilience--with a touch of the macabre woven through--Rivero's haunting short stories plumb the delicate balance between victims and perpetrators, illuminating the unexpected tenderness within extreme violence. Her protagonists live on society's fringes and grapple with amplified human horrors amid their harsh circumstances; this collection is a remarkable addition to the Latin American gothic canon, and readers will eagerly anticipate more of Rivero's poignant prose.
Sally Wen Mao's evocative collection intertwines centuries of Chinese art and craftsmanship with the haunting reality of fetishization and xenophobia faced by Chinese people today. With delicate yet incisive language, Mao fearlessly interrogates the commodification of China and its aesthetics, using objects like silk and porcelain to expose the dual nature of beauty and violence. She unapologetically challenges Western imperialism's historical exploitation, infusing her dreamlike poetry with an undercurrent of righteous indignation. This collection's elegant eloquence veils a smoldering rage.
Set during the decline of the German Democratic Republic, this intricate tale follows two former lovers grappling with a tumultuous relationship. Katharina, a nineteen-year-old, and Hans, a renowned novelist and radio personality, are initially infatuated with each other, but the disparities in their worldviews become increasingly apparent and their passionate affair--which runs alongside the shifts in Germany's political climate--concludes with the reunification of East and West Germany. A skillful interweaving of personal and political, the novel is a poignant reflection on love and an analogue for the unfulfilled promises of national reunification.