Nineteen Claws and a Black Bird: Stories (Paperback)
July 2023 Indie Next List
“This was such a gripping read — bizarre, fascinating, and terrifying all at once. I only put it down to grapple with what I was reading. I enjoyed this so much, and can’t wait to read more from Agustina Bazterrica.”
— Daniel Jordan, Pearl's Books, Fayetteville, AR
A collection of nineteen dark, wildly imaginative short stories from the author of the award-winning TikTok sensation Tender Is the Flesh.
From celebrated author Agustina Bazterrica, this collection of nineteen brutal, darkly funny short stories takes into our deepest fears and through our most disturbing fantasies. Through stories about violence, alienation, and dystopia, Bazterrica’s vision of the human experience emerges in complex, unexpected ways—often unsettling, sometimes thrilling, and always profound. In “Roberto,” a girl claims to have a rabbit between her legs. A woman’s neighbor jumps to his death in “A Light, Swift, and Monstrous Sound,” and in “Candy Pink,” a woman fails to contend with a difficult breakup in five easy steps.
Written in Bazterrica’s signature clever, vivid style, these stories question love, friendship, family relationships, and unspeakable desires.
About the Author
Agustina Bazterrica is an Argentinian novelist and short story writer. She is a central figure in the Buenos Aires literary scene. She won the prestigious Premio Clarin Novela for her second novel, Tender Is the Flesh, which has been translated into twenty-three languages. Several of the stories in Nineteen Claws and a Black Bird have also won awards, including First Prize in the 2004/2005 City of Buenos Aires Awards for Unpublished Stories and First Prize in the Edmundo Valadés Awards for the Latin American Short Story, among others.
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“Fresh and unnerving."
—New York Times Book Review
“Provocative… Vivid and bizarre, this will entrance.”
"Dark, funny, weird, unique...the novel Tender is the Flesh placed Bazterrica on a lot of people’s radar and made her a popular author in the United States, but the variety, originality, and strength of this collection cement her as one of the most exciting contemporary voices in speculative fiction."