"...a gorgeous, blackly humorous look into the lives of Colombians struggling to find their place in society, both at home and abroad.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
In two novellas and seven short stories, Fish Soup blends cynicism and beauty with a rich vein of dark humour.
"Waiting for a Hurricane" follows a girl obsessed with escaping both her life and her country. Emotionally detached from her family, and disillusioned with what the future holds if she remains, she takes ever more drastic steps to achieve her goal, seemingly oblivious to the damage she is causing both herself and those around her. "Worse Things" offers snapshots of lives in turmoil, frayed relationships, family taboos, and rejection of and by society. And "Sexual Education" examines the attempts of a student to tally the strict doctrine of abstinence taught at her school with the very different moral norms that prevail in her social circles.
At once blunt and poetic, Garcia Robayo delves into the lives of her characters, simultaneously evoking sympathy and revulsion, challenging the reader’s loyalties throughout the remarkable universe that is Fish Soup.
Society of Authors Valle Inclán Prize 2019 —Shortlist Casa de las Américas Prize —Winner (Worse Things)
“García Robayo’s prose bristles with restrained energy and a wry humour which captures the disaffection of her characters.” —Times Literary Supplement
“[Fish Soup] is a gorgeous, blackly humorous look into the lives of Colombians struggling to find their place in society, both at home and abroad.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
“García Robayo’s prose is concise and startling, her voice versatile and capable of packing a serious punch” —LA Review of Books
“This is a text written from within the belly of the beast. (…) One of the most essential books of the year.” —Sarah Booker, Asymptote
“An evocative collection that conveys the potency of desire in even the most ordinary lives.” —Kirkus Reviews
“The tackiness of the Caribbean coast and its discontents are marvellously rendered.” —Times Literary Supplement, Books of the Year 2018
“There are very few writers who can challenge expectations the way Margarita García Robayo does. Margarita is simply one of the best of the new generation that respects, yet no longer identifies with, the Latin American Boom.” —Mariana Enríquez, author of Things We Lost in the Fire
“García Robayo is building one of the most solid and interesting oeuvres in Latin American literature.” —Juan Cárdenas
“Margarita shows sharp insight into contemporary life. Her voice speaks with surreptitious irony and sophisticated psychological perception. She is the creator of an exceptional poetics of displacement.” —Juan Villoro
“Her stories combine the atmosphere of Desperate Housewives, Hemingway’s iceberg theory and a memorable, bittersweet ending.” —Jorge Carrión
“Full of everyday details that reveal the most vulnerable aspects of feminine subjectivity.” —La Nación (Argentina)
“One of the most potent figures of contemporary Latin American literature.” —Inés Martín Rodrigo, ABC (Spain)