Detachment is a way to love one another (El desapego es una manera de querernos)

Detachment is a way to love one another (El desapego es una manera de querernos)

Short stories
Literature Random House, 2015
294 pages

Dispersed or unfindable, these stories provide us with a new way to access the literature of Selva Almada, who is known for her often translated non-fiction and novels, praised by the critics and loved by her readers.

The naps and the streams, the thistles, and the machines, the paths along the Argentine coast. The heat. Workmates, siblings, grandparents, parents, lovers and friends. And among them, the unspoken codes that reveal the nature of the ties that bind them and the dialogues that affirm them and transform them, but which only an author of her talent can permit those who read them to hear.

The stories in this volume sketch out the evolution of powerful writing. Daniel Gigena, Diario La Nación

As one reads, one can smell the grass, experience the heat, feel the sun and the hardness of the bodies, of the living and the dead. Matías Méndez, Infobae

Selva Almada is a genius. Fabián Casas

The quality of the stories is extraordinary. Diario Perfil

A world of its own unfolds out of the material from naps and games, with the melancholy hang-over of birthdays, family celebrations, recess, gossip at wakes. Silvina Friera, Página 12

Almada is writing the same kind of literature Carson McCullers and William Faulkner did. Lucía Lijtmaer,

Selva Almada, with always reserved emotion and unique narrative intelligence, shows all the capability of her descriptive gaze. Diario El Litoral