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In thirteen electrifying stories, our very first all-Latin-American issue takes on the crime story as a starting point, and expands to explore contemporary life from every angle—swinging from secret Venezuelan prisons to Uruguayan resorts to blood-drenched bedrooms in Mexico and Peru, and even, briefly, to Epcot Center and the Havana home of a Cuban transsexual named Amy Winehouse. Featuring contemporary writers from ten different countries—including Alejandro Zambra, Juan Pablo Villalobos, Andres Ressia Colino, Mariana Enriquez, and many more—McSweeney’s 46 offers an essential cross-section of the troubles and temptations confronting the region today. It’s crucial reading for anyone interested in the shifting topography of Latin American literature and Latin American life, and a collection of writing to rival anything we’ve assembled in years.

Table of Contents:

Letters by Daniel Alarcón, Laia Jufresa, Yuri Herrera, Valeria Luiselli, and Francisco Goldman

Introduction by Daniel Galera

The Face by Santiago Roncagliolo

The Dirty Kid by Mariana Enriquez

Bitches by Jorge Enrique Lage

Artists’s Rendition by Alejandro Zambra

Blind Sun by Joca Reiners Terron

América by Juan Pablo Villalobos

White Flamingo by Andrés Felipe Solano

1986 by Rodrigo Rey Rosa

Emunctories by Rodrigo Blanco Calderón

In the Dark Core of the Night by Andrés Ressia Colino

Jealousy by Bernardo Carvalho

So Much Water So Far From Home by Rodrigo Hasbún

Horses in the Smoke by Carol Bensimon

Praise for McSweeney’s 46:

“This latest offering is as rousing as it is essential. And, true to form, killer on the design front.”

“The best thing about McSweeney’s 46 is that the work it gathers runs the gamut, from realism to surrealism to hyperrealism and beyond.”
—David Ulin, The Los Angeles Times

“Stirring work.”
Entertainment Weekly