Alvaro Bisama in B O D Y

“Sometimes we bought newspapers and divided up the pages while we made small talk, hoping to kill time and trying to ignore our reflection in the gigantic mirrors behind the bar, where a dark and twisted version of ourselves looked back at us, mocking us from an alternate world where we—that couple sunk in a silence barely contained by monosyllables—would leave the bar, desperate, and go have sex in some flea-ridden hotel on Calle Chacabuco.”

From the excerpt of “Dead Stars” by Chilean writer Álvaro Bisama, translated from the Spanish by Megan McDowell. This fantastic award-winning novel set in Chile in the 90s is about to be published as an e-book by Ox and Pigeon.


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