Don't Take Candy from Strangers

 

Don't Take Candy from Strangers

by ANDREA JEFTANOVIC


Challenging and uncomfortable stories threading the needle between pain and desire

 
 

These powerful introspective stories weave a captivating story of dire situations involving parents and children, siblings and couples—scenarios in which morality is a laboratory for the human experience.

A daughter tries to seduce her father following the death of her mother and begs him to beget a new generation; a mother copes with the loss of her son by rekindling her relationship with her ex-husband; from behind their respective computer screens, a couple tries to bring the spark back to their relationship…
With a brash and personal voice that almost bursts out of the page, Jeftanovic rattles and challenges the reader page after page. Her poetic and lyrical prose constantly confronts the brutality of loss, love and desire, and our desperate need for human companionship.

 

BOOK DETAILS

  • Published in 2011, 171 pages
  • Spanish language
  • Original title: No aceptes caramelos de extraños

RIGHTS SOLD

  • Brazil: Mondaréu, 2019 [expected]
  • Denmark: Aurora Boreal, 2018
  • Argentina: Portaculturas, 2015
  • Cuba: Casa de las Américas, 2015
  • Spain: Comba, 2014
  • Mexico: Seix Barral, 2012
  • World Spanish: Uqbar, 2011

PRAISE

"A cutting style, both stark and cruel that raises uncomfortable questions. Stories that hit like a sledgehammer" —Care Santos, EL CULTURAL

"Readers should be warned that they will be suffer from a slow stabbing, a painful presence, and various levels of suffering. You will literally be rattled by Andrea Jeftanovic" —Marco Antonio de la Parra, LA NACIÓN

“Hyperrealistic portraits of the ambiguous and sensual violence of ‘nuclear’ ties” —PÁGINA 12

“Stories that turn into the needle of a voodoo doll” —LA REPÚBLICA

“Stories that make the reader feel uncomfortable, with a similar sensation of vertigo. They force us to look through a window that we refuse to acknowledge: the eyes of the stranger that we fear of becoming” —EL MERCURIO

AWARDS

  • BEST LITERARY WORK AWARD 2011 BY THE CIRCLE OF ART CRITICS IN CHILE
 
 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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A PhD graduate in Literature from the University of Berkeley, Jeftanovic is also a critically acclaimed novelist, storyteller and essayist. The inheritance of loss, the violence of desire and the inner urge to find a sense of self, count among her chief subjects.

Her extensive literary work ranges from novels —Escenario de guerra [War Scene], 2000, Geografía de la lengua [Love In A Foreign Language], 2007—, to non-fiction and short storytelling. Her widely celebrated collection No aceptes caramelos de extraños [Don’t take candy from strangers], Seix Barral, 2011— won the Best Literary Work Award by the Circle of Art Critics in Chile and was translated into several languages.

Jeftanovic is a regular contributor to Quimera Magazine, Letras Libres, and El Mercurio de Chile.

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Andrea Jeftanovic belongs to a group of Latin American contemporary writers with an open perspective on exploring global human issues
— REVISTA DE LETRAS

 

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