Magnetized by Carlos Busqued | Review

Magnetized: Conversations with a Serial KillerBy Carlos BusquedTranslated from the Spanish by Samuel Rutter2020, Catapult, 179 pp.   The...
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Jose Alcantara Almanzar

It was as if she were in the pages of some story where dwarfs, magicians, and fairies suddenly materialize and the simple, concrete houses turn into marzipan and chocolate. The queen beheld with pleasure Gina’s puzzled attitude, walked around her, sweeping the accumulated dust on the floor with her skirt.

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Alvaro Bisama

With that dark sky hanging over the port, I couldn’t help but think how those ashes floating in the air were like the ashes from concentration camp ovens or the flecks of human skin an atomic bomb leaves behind. We were devastated. Even before she opened that newspaper, we were done for.

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