by YANINA ROSENBERG
A universe opening up into brief, flashing moments of strangeness, wonder and turmoil
A man lovingly touches the leafy body of his sleepy wife, suddenly covered with daisy flowers and grass. While he is captivated by her new corporeal form, she refuses to look at herself, and tensions reemerge in their family; staring at a sumptuous butterfly on the wall, a woman calls her ex-husband and tries to convince him to genetically modify their daughter’s body in order to make her more loving and caring; A mother rashly takes her son to a hotel after being told by the school headmistress that he tried to set his classmates on fire— yet she knows this is not her real son....
In her gripping debut collection, Yanina Rosenberg subtly instills fantastic elements within a fragile, distorted reality. Her stories will rattle, push and pull readers to the brink of anxiety, driving them to search for the unknown within the text.
With INTRUSIVE SKIN [La piel intrusa], Rosenberg has joined the prominent wave of bold, female short-story authors from Argentina, deploying a strong, personal voice often compared to Mariana Enríquez or Samanta Schweblin.
- Debut novel
- Published in 2019, 152 pages
- Spanish language
- Original title: La piel intrusa
- World Spanish: Páginas de Espuma, 2019
"Awarded short stories engaging with issues that are central to feminism today" —EL CULTURAL
Rosenberg masterfully balances the state of fear and unease, intriguing the reader page after page— LA RAZÓN
“Uncanny stories from a writer of substance whose imagination takes us through unpleasant terrain, rife with everyday evil” —LUISA VALENZUELA
“Short stories that range from uncanny realism to science fiction, all of which share a nightmarish, dark tone” —LA NACIÓN
“Yanina Rosenberg observes where others simply look and stops at places that others rush by” —Winston Manrique, WMAGAZÍN
AWARDED SECOND PRIZE BY THE FUNDACIÓN EL LIBRO FOUNDATION
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Yanina Rosenberg is the author of Intrusive Skin (La piel intrusa, Páginas de Espuma, 2018), a delicate, uncanny story collection, which won second prize at the Concurso Fundación El Libro award. The jury, comprised of distinguished authors such as Luisa Valenzuela, Abelardo Castillo, Antonio Skármeta, Pablo De Santis and Daniel Divinsky, agreed that: “Two key qualities jump off the page: subtle eroticism, and a careful nod towards science fiction. Every story is original; they are both unsettling and alluring.”
Her bold, poetic stories have extensively been published by international media such as Granta Magazine, Diario Perfil, Revista Ñ/Clarín, winning several literary prizes in Argentina, Perú and Spain.
PRESS ROUND UP
"My characters are wrapped up in weird, intrusive skin, which makes them do terrible things" —Yanina Rosenberg, Infobae
"Many of these stories question the sentiment of maternity, that is believed to be a fact, according to the Argentine writer, in our society. A sentiment that in a certain way our protagonists in Intrusive Skin resist against" —Hora América (RNE)
“Using a very lucid point of view and an intonation aspiring to perfection, these stories produce the effect of a reading under anesthesia, withstanding pain, illness, the fear of others and this hell called “family”
—Daniel Gigena, LA NACIÓN