Proceed With Caution
Book Topics
Argentina
Falklands War
Submarine
Surrealism
Magical Realism
Latin American Fiction
Fiction in Translation
Cynocephalus
Short Stories
Novella
Julio Cortazar
Leonora Carrington
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Proceed With Caution : Stories and a Novella

In the tradition of surrealist masters Julio Cortázar and Leonora Carrington, Argentine writer Patricia Ratto's English language debut collection, Proceed With Caution, presents a world that is both familiar and unnervingly off-kilter. Whether it's a malevolent act born from the paranoia of living under a totalitarian regime, or the creeping sense of dread blanketing a small whaling town, the stories in Proceed With Caution linger in the memory, and make us question where the natural ends and the supernatural begins. In "Rara Avis" a baby bird is rescued after dropping from the sky, only to transform from vulnerable creature to life-threatening menace. In the powerfully moving title story, an old woman lives out her final days accompanied by a mysterious doglike being that provides comfort even as it devours her memories. And in the novella "Submerged," an Argentine submarine crew during the Falklands War of the early 1980s navigates its way through a claustrophobic nightmare of boredom and terror, where the very meaning of being alive is cast in doubt.

Translated from the Spanish by PEN/Heim award-winner Andrea G. Labinger, Proceed With Caution is a striking introduction to a powerful voice in Latin American literature.
Book Topics
Argentina
Falklands War
Submarine
Surrealism
Magical Realism
Latin American Fiction
Fiction in Translation
Cynocephalus
Short Stories
Novella
Julio Cortazar
Leonora Carrington

Reviews and Comments

  • "Beautifully translated by Andrea G. Labinger, Patricia Ratto's thrillingly claustrophobic stories in Proceed With Caution are told 'in a pure present that sooner or later will also be devoured' - by delighted readers."
    Author of Great American Desert
  • "Argentinian writer Ratto's revelatory... English-language debut collects stories and a novella featuring intensely watchful, unassuming narrators who imbue the stories with a sense of foreboding."