Fever Dream

Fever Dream

A Novel

Book - 2017
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"Genius." --Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker

"Samanta Schweblin's electric story reads like a Fever Dream ." --Vanity Fair

Shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize!

Experience the blazing, surreal sensation of a fever dream...

A young woman named Amanda lies dying in a rural hospital clinic. A boy named David sits beside her. She's not his mother. He's not her child. Together, they tell a haunting story of broken souls, toxins, and the power and desperation of family.

Fever Dream is a nightmare come to life, a ghost story for the real world, a love story and a cautionary tale. One of the freshest new voices to come out of the Spanish language and translated into English for the first time, Samanta Schweblin creates an aura of strange psychological menace and otherworldly reality in this absorbing, unsettling, taut novel.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2017.
ISBN: 9780399184598
Branch Call Number: FIC Schwe
Characteristics: 183 pages ; 19 cm


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DBRL_ChrisS May 10, 2018

If you’ve ever debated the merits of allowing a greenhouse dwelling medicine woman to split your child’s soul in twain so that the child’s body might escape the ravages of a deadly poison, this is apt to be a book you’ll devour. Ditto if your eyebrows and lashes were lost to the scourge of agricultural chemicals.


Mar 18, 2018

Bizarre. Riveting. Unworldly. Eerie.
Environmental poisons, not giving children enough space...or too much space, not acting quickly enough (trust of self?) to save the children or ourselves. And maybe nothing about any of this.
Ghostly suggestions.....or is it fever? What's real? Do the things we lose continue in ways we don't recognize?
This is a riveting, suspenseful story of a world gone wrong, attempts to save the children..yet not knowing whether one can or has. It's a story of waiting too long, going beyond the point of no return.
Or it's about something completely different.
Suspenseful. Mysterious.
Well-written. The story pulls the reader in immediately.

Feb 21, 2018

The novella is so terribly tense and filled with dread, I almost didn't want to continue. It probably doesn't help that this preys on a parent's biggest fear, and I was pregnant with my first child when I read it. Schweblin (with the help of McDowell) really makes such a small, compact story so terrifying and visceral.

Jun 15, 2017

This novella is a type of ghost story involving the transmigration of souls. It raises the issue of environmental toxins, but overall the nightmare did not capture me. Nominated for the 2017 International Booker Prize.

May 29, 2017

Samanta Schweblin’s vivid snapshot of a nightmare is at its most unnerving when it alights on paralyzing moments of bodily disconnection. What compels the reader to endure the at times unbearable tension of this deceptively slim novella is the equally powerful moments of tender connection and intimacy.

My full review is here: http://bookgagabooks.ca/2017/05/29/fever-dream-by-samanta-schweblin-translated-from-spanish-by-megan-mcdowell/

Mar 15, 2017

A very strange book. It is clear that there is an issue about environmental pollution, and how it affects people. But the book is written in such a way that it seems that the mystery is about to be solved, but in the end, there is nothing like this.


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May 28, 2017

I see my feet walking and I wonder if I am the one moving them.

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