In seven interconnected short stories, the Guatemalan countryside is ever-present: a place of timeless peace, and the site of sudden violence. Don Henrik, a good man struck time and again by misfortune, confronts the crude realities of farming life, family obligation, and the intrusions of merciless entrepreneurs, hitmen, drug dealers, and fallen angels, all wanting their piece of the pie. Told with precision and a stark beauty, Trout, Belly Up is a beguiling, disturbing ensemble of moments set in the heart of a rural landscape in a country where brutality is never far from the surface.
“Fuentes is a consistently engaging and original writer...it is a joy to find writing of such high quality” —Times Literary Supplement
“With grace and humility, Rodrigo Fuentes has written a subtle, luminous, memorable book” —Rodrigo Hasbún, author of Affections
Gabriel García Márquez Short Story Prize 2018 - Finalist
Society of Authors TA First Translation Prize - Shortlist