Set in and around the city of Veracruz in Mexico, This Is Not Miami delivers a series of devastating stories spiralling from real events that bleed together reportage and the author's rich and rigorous imagination. These crσnicas a genre unique to Latin American writing that blends reportage, narrative non-fiction and novelistic forms probe deeply into the motivations of murderers and misfits, into their desires and circumstances, forcing us to understand them and even empathize despite our wish to disdain them as monsters. As in her hugely acclaimed novels Hurricane Season and Paradais, and once again brilliantly translated by Sophie Hughes, Fernanda Melchor's masterful stories show how the violent and shocking aberrations that make the headlines are only the surface ruptures of a society on the brink of chaos.
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Date of Publication: 10/05/2023