by LEANDRO ÁVALOS BLACHA
Ávalos Blacha unveils with post-human characters and nail-biting humor the uncomfortable realities that are just two steps to the left of our own
Four old women walk through a forest when they suddenly discover an unconscious, half naked seemingly punk woman, leaning against a trunk. Unable to react or decide what to do with the body, one of the friends starts taking photos of the body, before deciding to take her to their apartment. Their lives will soon radically change. Trash, who they believed to be the victim of a serial rapist, is actually a zombie. The wandering that begins at this point for the five women —all widows and retired— will make them discover the darkest recesses, but also the most swanky spots in Berazachussetts, an unlikely Argentinian city where everything seems possible, including, and above all, the impossible.
Berazachussetts explores the complex realities of suburban Argentina for these tantalizing characters written with frisky, nail-biting humor, while using a sharp critical eye on social alienation. Fusing zombie characters with thriller twists, Ávalos Blacha masterfully creates a bold, multi-genre, and perfectly controlled literary universe.
- Debut novel
- Published in 2007, 160 pages
- Spanish language
- French Paperback: Folio SF, 2013
- France: Asphalte, 2011
- World Spanish: Entropía, 2007
"Berazachussetts fuses grim humor with tenderness; is both hot-off-the-press and old-fashioned; and combines scathing and festive elements with an exceptional ability" —Pablo Plotkin, ROLLING STONE
"Leandro Ávalos Blacha distorts Berazachussetts the sordidness and malaria of the late Buenos Aires suburbs using a hilarious and caustic style" —REVISTA Ñ
“A narrative performance with a filmic legacy, exploring the links between power, abuse, misery and show business” —ADN CULTURA
- INDIO RICO AWARD 2007
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Serial killers, punk zombies, evil nuns, teenage TV mediums, unscrupulous businessmen... Ávalos Blacha's (Quilmes, Argentina, 1980) masterfully melts frisky, nail-biting characters with dark humour, a sharp criticial eye on social inequalities, and the best high pulp literature.
Awarded with the Premio Indio Rico 2007, he is the author of several awarded novels, including Berazachussetts (Entropía, 2007, translated into French by Aspahlte Editions and published by Folio SF in a paperback edition), and Malicia (Entropía, 2016).
He is currently working on a graphic novel with the French illustrator Stéphane de Caneva.