The Animal Condition
The Animal Condition
by VALERIA CORREA FIZ
Written with a disturbing, swinging prose, these twelve stories tell about human failures and fragilities
What sets us apart as human beings? What is the human condition, exactly? Is it that we know we are fragile, exposed, mortal? What would life be like if we were not affected by the misfortunes of others?
Valeria Correa Fiz writes from the gut, exploring the dark side of humanity: the inevitability of insanity, death, love, sickness, obsession, violence and affection. Her morbid and tangible prose forces us to face our own fears, insecurities and anxieties. Pictures transforming and modifying reality; an amputee consulting a fortuneteller and providing one of his limbs, in formalin, to facilitate the mystical process… “We never understand someone else’s pain,” someone says in one of these disturbing stories, “just the part that resembles our own”.
A brutal, shaking piece of the finest literature by a passionate writer with a bright future and talent to spare.
- Published in 2016, 168 pages
- Spanish language
- Original title: La condición animal
- World Spanish: Páginas de Espuma, 2016
"The worlds that Valeria Correa Fiz recreates are unhealthy and more than a little bit cruel, but are an oxymoron in that they are filled with beauty and human compassion" —VICENTE LUIS MORA
"A debut collection tracing the topography of some of the most powerful literary expressions in contemporary fiction written by women" —Marta Sanz, EL PAÍS
"The scalpel of Correa Fiz has an unusual ferocity: it writes deep down, as from the guts of the evil, shaping cruel, horrifying scenes with an almost Japanese finesse and precision" —Silvina Friera, PÁGINA 12
"A visceral prose. A thrilling universe" —CULTURAMAS
- FINALIST OF THE XIV SETENIL SHORT STORY AWARD 2017
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Valeria Correa Fiz was born and raised in Rosario (Argentina), on the banks of the Paraná River. Though she has spent more than a decade living abroad, exclusively in cities that begin with the letter ‘M’ (Miami, Milan and Madrid), her prose maintains a sense of humor that is as dark and rebellious as the waters of the Paraná.
In December 2016, Correa Fiz won the XI Premio Internacional Poesía Claudio Rodríguez poetry prize for her collection El invierno a deshoras [Unseasonable Winter], to be published by Hiperión.