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Death as a Side Effect, Death as a Side Effect, 0803228074, 0-8032-2807-4, 978-0-8032-2807-8, 9780803228078, Ana Maria Shua Translated by Andrea G. Labinger, Latin American Women Writers, Death as a Side Effect, 0803229895, 0-8032-2989-5, 978-0-8032-2989-1, 9780803229891, Ana Maria Shua Translated by Andrea G. Labinger, Latin American Women Writer

Death as a Side Effect
Ana María Shua
Translated by Andrea G. Labinger

2010. 176 pp.
$35.00 s
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2010. 176 pp.
$19.95 t

In Death as a Side Effect, Ana María Shua’s brilliantly dark satire transports readers to a dystopic future Argentina where gangs of ad hoc marauders and professional thieves roam the streets while the wealthy purchase security behind fortified concrete walls and the elderly cower in their apartments in fear of being whisked off to state-mandated “convalescent” homes, never to return. Abandoned by his mistress, suffocated by his father, and estranged from his demented mother and ineffectual sister, Ernesto seeks his vanished lover. Hoping to save his dying father from the ministrations of a diabolical health-care system, he discovers that, ultimately, everyone is a patient, and the instruments wielded by the impersonal medical corps cut to the very heart of the social fabric.
The world of this novel, with its closed districts, unsafe travel, ubiquitous security cameras, and widespread artificiality and uncertainty, is as familiar as it is strange—and as instructive, in its harrowing way, as it is deeply entertaining. The Spanish edition has been selected by the Congreso de la Lengua Española as one of the one hundred best Latin American novels published in the last twenty-five years.

Ana María Shua has published more than forty books in many genres, including poetry, children’s fiction, and Jewish folklore, and her work has been translated into numerous languages. She received a Guggenheim Fellowship for work on The Book of Memories and is the author of Microfictions, available in a Bison Books edition. She lives in Buenos Aires. Andrea G. Labinger’s many translations include Alicia Steimberg’s Call Me Magdalena and The Rainforest, both available in Bison Books editions.

"Shua laces her small, powerful narrative with humor, and her insight into the human condition, particularly in her vision of a city run amuck, has resonance."—Publishers Weekly

"Death as a Side Effect strikes a brilliant balance between the downbeat subject matter and the dark humour running through the whole novel. It is absurd, bleak and funny. Ernesto is an everyman character who is both frustrating to observe and easy to sympathise with, and his father is compelling and repellent in equal measure. For all its craziness, Death as a Side Effect is an accessible satire about ordinary family life, and a book that should be added to those holiday wish lists."—Andy Barnes, Belletrista

"Originally published in 1997 and translated into English for the first time by Andrea G. Labinger, Death as a Side Effect uses dark satire to effectively meld societal and personal tribulations."—Tim Gebhart, Blogcritics

"Shua's finest moments occur when she portrays individuals confronting the spectre of death in their own ways, or when a son's initial resentment dissolves when he discovers an epistolary—and far more enduring—means of escape."—Karen Rigby, Fore Word Reviews

"[Death as a Side Effect is] not to be mistaken for a light, optimistic read, but the quality of writing and the deftness of characterization make it a satisfying one."—Matthew Tiffany, Booklist

"Shua's poetic novel is full of ironic twists that keep the suspense high until the very end."—Dana Heather Schwartz, Literary Review

Work published within the framework of "Sur" Translation Support Program of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Worship of the Argentine Republic.
Publication of this book was assisted by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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